The Ultimate Portrayal of the Ultimate Example of the Unhappy Family

What Rembrandt’s etching of Joseph and his family shows us about Judaism, and mankind.

From Rembrandt’s Joseph Telling His Dreams, 1638. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

From Rembrandt’s Joseph Telling His Dreams, 1638. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Observation
Dec. 7 2017
About the author

Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in New York and director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.


This is the second in an occasional series of essays by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik on the intersection of Jews and Judaism with the artistic practice, and the aesthetic vision, of the great 17th-century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. To read the introductory installment, click here.

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