Dr Borowitz passed away yesterday. Many of you may not be familiar with him. He was a teacher at our seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York. He was, for over 50 years, arguably the most prominent Jewish theologian in Liberal Judaism. Generations of rabbis have used his books. I had the honor of studying with him for one class, he taught the theology class for the Doctor of Ministry program when I went through it. His class was demanding and challenging. When he asked you to write out and then defend, in front of everyone, your own personal theology, it was, to say the least, a challenging class.
His passing will be noted by the entire Jewish community. He, in many ways, was an proud example of “sacred aging”. He continued to be a presence at the school, to inspire and prod students to think and examine their own theological positions. He carried himself with dignity and grace. He demanded a lot from students in class and as such, gained a huge amount of respect.
In many ways, I feel, Dr. Horowitz’s death may mark the end of an era of deep thinkers and theologians who speak to a liberal Jewish community. There will be a huge amount of tributes, all well deserved. May be rest in peace and may his memory and life continued to an inspiration.
Rabbi Richard F. Address