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Harold Samuel Kushner
Born 1935 (age 78–79)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Rabbi, author
Notable work(s) When Bad Things Happen to Good People, When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough
Religion Conservative Judaism

Rabbi Harold Samuel Kushner is a prominent American rabbi aligned with the progressive wing of Conservative Judaism,[citation needed] and a popular author.


Born in Brooklyn, Kushner was educated at Columbia University and later obtained his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in 1960. The same institution awarded him a doctoral degree in Bible in 1972. Kushner has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, taught at Clark University and the Rabbinical School of the JTS, and received six honorary doctorates.

Congregational Rabbi[edit]

He served as the congregational rabbi of Temple Israel of Natick, in Natick, Massachusetts for 24 years and belongs to the Rabbinical Assembly.


He is the author of a best selling book on the problem of evil, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Written following the death of his son, Aaron, from the premature aging disease progeria, the book deals with questions about human suffering, God, omnipotence and theodicy. Aaron was born in 1963 and died in 1977; the book was published in 1981.

Kushner has written a number of other popular theological books, such as How Good Do We Have to Be? (Dedicated to his grandson, Carl), To Life! and many others. In collaboration with the late Chaim Potok, Kushner co-edited Etz Hayim: A Torah Commentary, the new official Torah commentary of the Conservative movement, which was jointly published in 2001 by the Rabbinical Assembly and the Jewish Publication Society. His Living a Life That Matters became a best seller in the fall of 2001. Kushner's book, The Lord Is My Shepherd, was a meditation on the Twenty-Third Psalm released in 2003. Kushner also wrote a response to Simon Wiesenthal's question of forgiveness in the book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness.

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Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:22:30 -0700

When I asked Jack Paskoff, rabbi of Lancaster's Congregation Shaarai Shomayim, where he found help in addressing the problem of evil, he referred me to the 1981 classic volume by Rabbi Harold Kushner. "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," still a ...
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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:56:59 -0700

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GetReligion (blog)
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:08:55 -0700

That issue, known as theodicy, is the central question that religions try to answer, according to some thinkers. One of them, Rabbi Harold Kushner, wrote a popular book on it -- When Bad Things Happen to Good People -- after his own son died of an ...
Western Queens Gazette
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:37:30 -0700

Trinity Lutheran is holding a Wine & Cheese event in the Rectory Living Room from 7 p.m. until... in which they will be discussing the book, Who Needs God (Simon & Schuster), written by Rabbi Harold Kushner. Order your copy from the local bookstore or ...
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:39:31 -0700

My favorite authors are Khalid Hossaini, Mitch Alborn, Harold Kushner and Jhumpa Lahiri. My best times at home are when I am cooking with my family — that is why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! And my favorite past time is hiking —I love when I ...
Philippine Star
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:07:30 -0700

I came across this quote by Rabbi Harold Kushner, “nobody on their deathbed would say, “I wish I can spend more time in the workplace.” I have heard this line many years ago and yes, I have always wondered about it; it provokes the mind. But just like ...
La Nación.com.py
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:16:54 -0700

Harold Kushner dice en su libro “Cuando todo lo que Ud. alguna vez quiso, no fue suficiente”, que recibió la visita de un exitoso ejecutivo que estaba depresivo. Este ejecutivo le contó de una visión que tuvo en el funeral de un amigo, la semana anterior.

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