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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.


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

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