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    O R N A M E N T A N D I N S C R I P T I O N I N

    L A S I N O G O G A D E L T R N S I T O

    T O L E D O, S P A I N

    BY

    DAMON JOSEPH MONTCLARE

    There is a primordial snake above,

    and as long as it is not spiced with the wine of joy

    it is a snake in the way.1

    Rabbi Hiyya, Zohar 1, 2!b

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    %ook at its letters and yo& will see

    song of desire #shir ta'ev$.2

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