Dara Horn on Maimonides
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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.
Made possible by the Marjorie Watson Serendipity Fund at the DCJCC.
Co-sponsors: DC Beit Midrash, DC Minyan, Jewish Study Center, Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue and Ohev Sholom - The National Synagogue