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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.

List of publications[edit]


External links[edit]

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When Bad Things Happen To Good People (widescreen)

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Rabbi Harold Kushner on Life Pains

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Harold Kushner with Phil Miller: Book of Psalms

Psalms: Ancient Songs of the Spirit.

Christopher Hitchens, Harold Kushner and Peter Gomes - God: Big Questions... Bigger Questions [2009]

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The Book of Job by Harold S. Kushner

Rabbi Kushner has spent years pondering the subject of Job—as a young doctoral student in Bible, rattled by recent revelations of the Holocaust, he contempla...

Harold Kushner - Conquering Fear - Program 5305

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Christopher Hitchens, Harold Kushner and Peter Gomes - God: Big Questions [2009]

A provocative and enlightening journey exploring the role of god in people's lives and the common language we have used across all cultures to make sense of ...

Rabbi Harold Kushner in conversation with Rabbi Edward Bernstein

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Rabbi Harold Kushner at The Teachers Institute

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298 news items


LA Daily News
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:41:15 -0800

Conservative Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” described Schulweis as “the finest rabbi in America.” Orthodox Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, on Jewish World Watch's 10th anniversary, praised him as “one of the ...

Boston Globe

Boston Globe
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:41:15 -0800

Rabbi Harold Kushner, known outside the temple community as the author of the 1978 bestseller “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” (he's now the temple's rabbi laureate), gave them the go-ahead. The men dove into the work, producing a new ark ...


Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:22:30 -0800

“Instead,” Rabbi Harold Kushner explains, “Wilder offers us the image of a beautiful tapestry. Looked at from the right side, it is an intricately woven work of art, drawing together threads of different lengths and colors to make an inspiring picture ...
Durham Herald Sun
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:41:15 -0800

Rabbi Harold Kushner, commenting on that wonderful phrase in the 23rd Psalm, “My cup runneth over,” says, “Gratitude is more than remembering to mumble 'thank you.' It's more than a ritual of politeness. Gratitude is a way of looking at the world that ...
Wicked Local Natick
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 12:26:15 -0800

His fondest memories of Jewish observance are Rabbi Harold Kushner's sermons. He is a healthcare reform activist and retired RN. David is an Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel and a combat veteran having served from Kosovo to Afghanistan.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:11:23 -0800

Rabbi Harold Kushner shared, “Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted — a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled ...
Chron.com (blog)
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:56:32 -0800

Rabbi Harold Kushner, in his book Living A Life That Matters notes: “Some years ago, Erich Fromm wrote a little book entitled The Art of Loving, in which he distinguished between what he called “mother love” and “father love”. Mother love says: You are ...

Patheos (blog)

Patheos (blog)
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:41:15 -0800

Harold Kushner. Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot. –The Hausa of Nigeria. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child– our own two eyes ...

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