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According to tradition, the Ten Commandments were written on the stone tablets given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Many times, the Commandments are indicated only in abbreviation or by the first ten letters in the Hebrew alphabet - Aleph through Yud. On rare occasions they are represented by a Piyyut, a song, such as in the inner side of the Mantova- Sermide Holy Ark from 1543. 

You will not kill anyone because you will assassinate

You have no man, he has no savior

 

Thou shalt not commit adultery with a wife

And in the proverb Bell you will not be redeemed

 

Thou shalt not steal any other soul

Because you will hear a shudder asking

 

Do not delineate [d] the house of a bad wife

Shoru also worked not Tel

 

Do not answer falsely because it will not

A liar against God

 

The doctrine of grace will create forever

Because in her you coveted all Israel

Skin and hear her mind and know

Ten thing with us to

 

Vertical to your expenses

From Egypt with Select to

 

Do not make a statue for yourself either

Bow to him because there is no god

 

There in vain will not bear that

Will not cleanse any doer to

 

Shabbat sanctified a sign to renew

Search Forbidden with hand and to

 

Respectful parents for the sake of sitting

Long lived on the land of El

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Ark doors from Pisa

Pisa, 17th century

Gilded and painted wood

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Interior doors of an ark from Pisa

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Interior Doors of the Ark of the Covenant of Sermida

Mantua, 1543

Gold-plated carved wood

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