Novelist Dara Horn (All Other Nights) Talks About Maimonides
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Barbra Streisand stars in and makes her directorial debut (for which she won a Golden Globe) in Yentl, the musical film about a young Jewish woman in early 20th-century Poland who disguises herself as a man so she can defy tradition and continue her study of the Talmud. While at a Jewish religious school, she winds up in a romantic triangle with a fellow student (Mandy Patinkin) and his fiancée (Amy Irving). This groundbreaking exploration of religious and gender identity was adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer's classic Yiddish short story, Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, and features an Oscar-winning score, including the memorable songs "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" and "The Way He Makes Me Feel." Learn More
What do today’s leading Jewish minds have to say about Judaism’s greatest thinkers? Living in Egypt, the technology capital of the medieval world, 12th century rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Maimonides), a philosopher and physician, created a modern Judaism based as much on reason as belief. Join award-winning author Dara Horn as she explores the life and thought of Maimonides, with a focus on the strange parallels between his world and ours.
Dara Horn received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University in 2006, studying Hebrew and Yiddish. In 2007 she was chosen by Granta magazine as one of America’s “Best Young American Novelists.” Her first and second novels, In the Image and The World to Come, received the National Jewish Book Award. Her newest novel, A Guide for the Perplexed, was published in September 2013. She has taught courses in Jewish literature and Israeli history and has lectured at over two hundred universities and cultural institutions throughout North America and in Israel. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.