Education[ edit ] Rubenstein began his tertiary education at Hebrew Union College , an institution within the Reform Judaism tradition. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B. He then was awarded the Master of Hebrew Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America Conservative tradition and was also ordained as a rabbi by that institution. Finally, he pursued doctoral studies and received a Ph. Rubenstein taught in religious studies at Florida State University from to and held the professorial chair.
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Donate Richard Lowell Rubenstein is a U. Rubenstein was born in New York City; his parents were non-observant Jews and he did not have a barmitzvah. He was tempted to enter the ministry but was told that he would have to change his name. Instead, he embraced his own tradition. He was ordained at the Seminary and received his MHL in While serving as rabbi in Brockton —54 and in Natick —56 , Massachusetts, and as interim director of the Hillel Foundation at Harvard —58 , he studied at Harvard Divinity School where he received his STM and at the graduate school where he received his Ph.
In he became director of Hillel and chaplain to Jewish students at the University of Pittsburgh In he was appointed adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Pittsburgh. From to , he was a professor of religion at Florida State University. In February the university created a professorship in his name. Many years later, Rubenstein became president of the University of Bridgeport.
In it he argued that after Auschwitz the belief in a redeeming God who is active in history and who will redeem mankind from its vicissitudes is no longer possible. Belief in such a God and an allegiance to the rabbinic theodicy that attempted to justify Him would imply that Hitler was part of a divine plan and that Israel was being punished for her sins. His rejection of God, however, does not entail an end to religion or an end to Judaism, for in a meaningless world human community becomes all the more important.
Consequently, Rubenstein emphasizes the importance of rituals, rites of passage, and religious community over doctrine and ethics. In he published a slim but influential work entitled The Cunning of History, which argued that the Holocaust is an expression in the extreme of what was common to the mainstream of Western civilization.
Rubenstein viewed the Holocaust as manifestation of major political, demographic, economic, and bureaucratic trends in contemporary civilization and therefore of importance far beyond the Jewish community.
Always a strong supporter of Israel, a life-long student of genocide and of antisemitism, Rubenstein spent the opening years of the s seeking to understand the phenomenon of Islamic antisemitism as manifested particularly in Europe. Berenbaum and B. Rubenstein eds. Rubenstein Source: Encyclopaedia Judaica. All Rights Reserved.
Richard Lowell Rubenstein
Donate Richard Lowell Rubenstein is a U. Rubenstein was born in New York City; his parents were non-observant Jews and he did not have a barmitzvah. He was tempted to enter the ministry but was told that he would have to change his name. Instead, he embraced his own tradition.
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In , they were married. After having a daughter, Paulette, she became a full time mom. She and Fred traveled extensively and they shared a joint passion for art and culture. She has one daughter and three grandchildren. Eva recently celebrated her 94th birthday. Together, they returned to their home in Hungary. She worked as a teacher before earning a graduate degree in social work.
Richard L. Rubenstein
A Consideration of Faith After Auschwitz