Do Jews have an “Eicha Problem” in which they believe anti-Semitism is their own fault? Examining the Book of Eicha (Lamentations), author Dara Horn challenges the idea that Jews blame themselves fo... r the suffering they have experienced, arguing instead that we need to reimagine Jewish theology and turn toward a different text to understand this problem. Using the Book of Job, Horn demonstrates how Job offers a better lens for Jews to understand experiences of anti-semitism and suffering.See lessSee more
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Sibling rivalry runs in the family-a prequel to A Guide for the Perplexed. In 1980, Jacqueline Luria, the first female physics doctoral candidate in her university's history, has emerged from her ultra-Orthodox upbringing into a secular world where she tries to untangle the origins of the universe.
Why does anti-Semitism exist? How do Jews understand it? In her powerful talk (found here: http://elitalks.org/eicha-problem-what-jews-really-believe-about-anti-semitism), Dara Horn proposed that the Book of Eicha (Lamentations) is the source of the Jewish understanding of anti-Semitism, but that the Book of Job may actually be a more appropriate textual touch point.
Dara Horn is a scholar of Yiddish and Hebrew literature and the author of the novels In the Image (2002), The World to Come (2006), All Other Nights (2009), and A Guide for the Perplexed (2013). She has taught Hebrew and Yiddish literature at Sarah Lawrence College, City University of New York, and Harvard University, and has lectured at over 200 universities and cultural institutions throughout North America, Israel and Australia.
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