Shabbat with Rembrandt

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I wanted to mention an outstanding shiur given last Shabbat at Ohel Ari by Richard Rinberg. The subject was Rembrandt‘s painting Belshazzar’s Feast, and particularly the writing on the wall.

Richard took us on a magical tour of the original source material (The Book of Daniel), commentaries, the connection with Menashe Ben Israel, the historical and religious context, and gave his own fascinating insights. It’s thanks to the shiur I can point to the Wikipedia article and see there are two factual errors. (Frightening, really.)

It was thoroughly enjoyable, a measure of which was that I did not realize how late it was when he finished.

Well done, Richard, and thanks.