Monday, September 5, 2011

Commandment 10

 The Ten Commandments (1933) by Alexander Katz (1895-1974)
  (Copies of these lithographs were provided by David Pitcher, MD)
 Commentary by Rabbi Alexander S. Kline    
This is perhaps the most eloquent of the Katz designs. Coveting and greed degrade and cheapen life. On the left side of the image we see full bookshelves, a lighted candles, and an empty treasure chest. On the right side we see shelves without books, an empty candlestick, and a chest filled with gold and jewels. Freedom from greed may be achieved through cultivation of mind and spirit.  Here is a genuinely Jewish sense of balance and values.

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