On The Passing Of Our Friend, Barry Rubin

Barry Rubin and his son, reenacting the American Civil War

Barry Rubin and his son, reenacting the American Civil War

This morning a tremendous man and a true lover of Israel passed away. I counted Professor Barry Rubin as a personal friend and he was always a great fan of Israellycool and the audio show, Shire Network News, I used to host.

I first met Barry Rubin virtually through cyberspace. He was the serious interview subject on the largely satirical audio show I helped put together. He appeared on the show and was, himself, a big fan of our mix of frank discussion and humour. He said we were funny and that made all of us working on the show proud.

Despite numerous appearances on established media channels, he was tremendously excited by the opportunities available on blogs, podcasts and new media. In 2009 he chatted live to Israellycool readers giving direct insight on the Israeli election results as they came in.

Having met online at least a year before making Aliyah, we met up in person in Israel. Barry was an academic who loved to learn and listen. A chat over lunch with Barry was never an academic lecture, it was always an exchange with the feeling that all views could be changed or moved with persuasive arguments. I will always remember him apologising profusely before answering his mobile phone as we ate in a café round the corner from his home in Tel Aviv. This was what I overheard:

“Ahh hello Ambassador, no, sorry, now is not a good time, I’m in a meeting, can I get back to you? Yes, certainly thank you.”

Bumping an Ambassador is surefire way to make your lunch companion feel more important than they really are.

Whether he was talking about the details of Middle Eastern history, politics or current affairs, or the story behind the person named on any given street name in Israel, his knowledge was encyclopaedic and shared in an entertaining way. And when presented with new facts or stories, he lapped them up, always able to sort the information and bring back something new to fit with it and build up.

I will particularly remember him speaking of his journeys back in history to the American Civil War. To his weekends spent in muddy fields as a lowly foot soldier in the Union Army. He posted this tremendous story which we ran here. I love this story.

I miss Barry already and we will all miss him. His legacy lives on in his numerous books, articles and the memories of those whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife Judith Colp Rubin and their two children.

Baruch Dayan Emet, May his memory be a blessing.

 

About Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian's interests include electric cars, world peace and an end to world hunger. Besides blogging here, Brian of London now writes at the Times of Israel. Brian of London also hosted Shire Network News

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  • cba

    ברוך דיין אמת

  • JMF

    ברוך דיין אמת

    May we all be given his courage.

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  • NormanF

    I keep thinking of something I said to Yisrael Medad –

    Some men are born wise and some men are born stupid.

    Who is the opposite of the late Dr. Rubin? The execrable Avram Burg!

    Who condemned the Prime Minister of his country for not sitting through Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s address in Munich.

    He opined that a Jew should grant someone who wants to see his country wiped off the face off the earth elementary human courtesy.

    My only regret is that Netanyahu does not follow the same principle towards Abu Bluff! Dr. Rubin would no doubt agree we are in danger of taking leave of our senses.

    If only we could aspire to be more like him! Baruch Dayan HaEmet. May His Memory Be For A Blessing!

  • MohammedTheTeddyBear

    Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet.

    Didn’t know that Barry Rubin did American Civil War reenactments, as I did! I wonder if we had stared each other down at Cedar Creek or the Wilderness, and I just didn’t know it?

    Nice story, too, of him meeting Ambassador Oren at Gettysburg.

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  • Jonathan

    Barry is sorely missed

  • Jonathan

    Barry is sorely missed

  • Dafna Yee

    I have read many of his articles and always enjoyed them. I’ve always been sorry that I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him in person and envy those of you who have. May his memory continue to be a blessing.

  • Dafna Yee

    I have read many of his articles and always enjoyed them. I’ve always been sorry that I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him in person and envy those of you who have. May his memory continue to be a blessing.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Back after a long involuntary absence. I read many of Prof. Rubin’s articles. He was not only a fount of knowledge, he was an optimist as well, even after he learned he was terminally ill. He will be missed.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Back after a long involuntary absence. I read many of Prof. Rubin’s articles. He was not only a fount of knowledge, he was an optimist as well, even after he learned he was terminally ill. He will be missed.

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