The Binding of Isaac: The Art of Rosh Hashanah – An Illustrated Lecture by Richard McBee

The Binding of Isaac: The Art of Rosh Hashanah – An Illustrated Lecture by Richard McBee
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Date(s) - Sep 18, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Hebrew Home at Riverdale



Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale will host an illustrated talk by Richard McBee entitled The Binding of Isaac: The Art of Rosh Hashanah in conjunction with the Jewish High Holidays on Monday, September 18, at 2:30 p.m., in the Biederman Library at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, 5901 Palisade Avenue, in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. This event is free and open to the public. Please R.S.V.P. to 718.581.1596 or Photo I.D. required for entrance.


McBee will discuss six works of art from before 1605 and then five works of art done within the last 20 years to explore the question: does the Binding of Isaac bind us to God on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year? The story of the Binding of Isaac, known in Hebrew as the Akedah, appears in the Book of Genesis (22:1-9) and is traditionally read on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. It relates how God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on Mount Moriah. Abraham agrees to comply and binds his only son on an altar, only to have God tell him that he will spare Isaac, and provide a ram to be sacrificed instead. Because Abraham has obeyed God, Isaac is unharmed and Abraham is blessed.


About Richard McBee

Richard McBee is a painter of biblical subject matter and a writer on Jewish art. Between 2000 and 2013 he wrote for The Jewish Press and continues to exhibit paintings, lecture and curate Jewish art exhibitions. He is a founding member of the Jewish Art Salon and since 2017 blogs at McBee’s artworks and his Jewish art reviews can be found at


About Hebrew Home at Riverdale

As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the Hebrew Home at Riverdale by RiverSpring Health is committed to publicly exhibiting its art collection throughout its 32-acre campus, including the Derfner Judaica Museum and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection provides educational and cultural programming for residents of the Hebrew Home, their families and the general public from throughout New York City, its surrounding suburbs and visitors from elsewhere.  RiverSpring Health is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 12,000 older adults in greater New York through its resources and community service programs. Museum hours: Sunday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Art Collection and grounds open daily, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Call 718.581.1596 for holiday hours and to schedule group tours, or for further information, visit our website at


Richard McBee, The Angel, 1996, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 in. Private collection. Courtesy of the artist.