Emanuela Barasch-Rubinstein is an academic in the Humanities. She focuses on cultural symbols and themes, and studies their effect on human behavior.
Emanuela was born in Jerusalem. Her parents fled their homes in Eastern Europe at the outbreak of World War II, wandered for years during the war, until they finally came to Israel. Her father was an art historian, Moshe Barasch. He encouraged her humanistic education and enthusiastically nurtured any intellectual curiosity. The choice of studying in the faculty of the Humanities at the Hebrew University was a natural one. Her B.A. is in Comparative Literature and Philosophy. Her M.A. and Ph.D. are in the field of Comparative Religion. She was part of the Comparative Religions graduate program at Tel Aviv University and of the Nevzlin Center for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzlya. She is currently living in Tel Aviv but often traveling to London, as her husband is a professor at the London School of Economics.
Emanuela has published scholarly books on the cultural perception of Nazism. Her books, The Devil, the Saints, and the Church (Peter Lang, 2004), and Nazi Devil (Magnes Press, 2010) deal with literary descriptions of the Nazis in terms of the Christian devil. Another book, Mephisto in the Third Reich (De Gruyter Press, 2014), provides a general cultural explanation for the Holocaust. Emanuela is also a translator. She translated Evans-Prichards’ Theories of Primitive Religion and Dodd’s The Greek and the Irrational from English into Hebrew.
Lately Emanuela has also engaged in literary writing. A collection of five novellas, Five Selves, was published by Holland House Books in the UK. She wrote the stories in Hebrew and translate them herself into English. The book got excellent reviews, including a Publishers Weekly Starred Review.
Emanuela concluded writing another book, provisionally called Delivery. It deals with various aspects of having a child.
Just as important: Emanuela is the mother of three boys. This part of her life is just as crucial in shaping a personal perspective as are her academic and professional achievements.