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Chagall work notes entanglement of two faiths

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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 12:00 am

The scheduling of Passover and Easter at close to the same moment on the calendar can remind Jews of the historic entanglement of the two faiths. For the adherents of Judaism, the holiday celebrates national liberation from bondage, which is the prelude to the emergence of an ethical monotheism that would henceforth be based upon land and law. The claim that Christianity advances is of course far more explicitly and unambiguously Universalist. After suffering and sacrifice and death, a resurrection can offer hope for the redemption of humanity itself.

Both of these holidays are occasions for gratitude and for optimism, but against a backdrop of the sting of the lash and the infliction of unwarranted cruelty. So this is a season to contemplate the legacy of an artist who was haunted by the troublesome implications of the entanglement of Passover and Easter.

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