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Dara Horn

Dara Horn is a scholar of Hebrew and Yiddish literature and the author of five novels, most recently Eternal Life (W.W. Norton & Company, 2018).

Yiddish Heroism, Hebrew Tears

Yiddish Heroism, Hebrew Tears

Dara Horn

For Avraham Sutzkever, life and work were not even slightly separate, since his was a life not merely shaped by poetry in a metaphorical sense but literally saved by it, when a poem of his produced an airplane.

Playing the Fool

Playing the Fool

Dara Horn

Of the many varieties of anti-Semitism, or anti-Judaism, that have plagued the Jews over the centuries, two recurrent general patterns can be identified by the holidays that celebrate triumphs over them: Purim and Hanukkah.

Pro-Creation

Dara Horn

Economist Bryan Caplan thinks parents “overcharge” themselves when it comes to investing in their children. Glückel of Hameln knew better.

Jacob Glatstein’s Prophecy

Dara Horn

Literary masterpieces that double as works of prophecy have been rare since the death of Isaiah. But the Yiddish poet Jacob Glatstein wrote two novellas that foreshadowed the future of Jewish Europe.