Rabbi Harold Samuel Kushner is a prominent American rabbi aligned with the progressive wing of Conservative Judaism, 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.
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
When Bad Things Happen To Good People (widescreen)
Dr. Harold Kushner speaks at Ovens Hall, Charlotte, NC in 1985 on the topic of his best selling book, "When Bad Things Happen To Good People." I have reformatted the original aspect ratio to...
Christopher Hitchens, Harold Kushner and Peter Gomes - God: Big Questions... Bigger Questions 
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 the mysteries of life. Credit...
Harold Kushner - Through the Valley of the Shadow - Program 3610
Rabbi Harold Kushner is Rabbi Laureate of Temple Israel in the Boston suburb of Natick, Massachusetts. In 1981, his book, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," became an international ...
Harold Kushner with Phil Miller: Book of Psalms
Psalms: Ancient Songs of the Spirit.
Harold Kushner - Conquering Fear - Program 5305
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of the best-selling "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" and "Conquering Fear" talks about the resources we have through faith and our own inner strength to...
Rabbi Harold Kushner on Life Pains
Author of "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," Rabbi Harold Kushner offers his perspective on coping with personal tragedies in discussing his latest book, "Overcoming Life's Disappointments ...
Harold Kushner - Prayer & Goodness
Rabbi Harold Kushner says we have the wrong idea of prayer. It's not about asking God for things but about asking God to be with us as we try to do what we know we should.
Christopher Hitchens Goes After Rabbi Harold Kushner re: Circumcision
This Forum now available http://www.theforumchannel.tv/ Connecticut Forum panelists, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Rev. Peter Gomes and Christopher Hitchens answer the question, "Why do good things...
Christopher Hitchens God: Big Questions... Bigger Questions
Featuring Rabbi Harold Kushner, Reverend Peter Gomes and Christopher Hitchens. Original LINK: http://www.theforumchannel.tv/video-forum/god-big-questions-bigger-questions/10.
Christopher Hitchens, Harold Kushner and Peter Gomes - God: Big Questions 
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 the mysteries of life.
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:18:45 -0700
The above question is posed by Rabbi Harold Kushner, who replies, “The freedom [Jewish ritual observance, like Kashrut] offers is the freedom of the athlete who disciplines his body so that he is free to do things physically that you and I are ...
New Jersey Hills
New Jersey Hills
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:52:30 -0700
One in particular that I read last summer is “Living a Life that Matters” by Harold Kushner,” Illiano explained. “The jist of the book is that we've become very trophy-oriented and result-driven in terms of what culture considers to be success ...
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 06:54:20 -0700
When things go wrong, we tend to blind ourselves to other's feelings. We are more likely to fall into a destructive behavioral trap. Sadly, when we do, we cannot be empathic. We weaken that human bond that's vital to re-grouping and resilience. These ...
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:23:05 -0700
Two of the most popular religious voices of the last century are Father Thomas Merton and Rabbi Harold Kushner. Many of us might agree with an eloquent prayer included in the Jewish prayerbook, "Open our eyes, that we may see and welcome all truth ...
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:46:06 -0700
Harold Kushner, in his book “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” writes, “God's promise was never that life would be fair, that if you were a good person, illness and injury would spare you and would happen only to people who deserved it. ... God's promise was ...
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:11:15 -0700
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, shed some light on the subject in a September 2011 op-ed for JNS.org. “For years, I wondered why the Kaddish, a hymn of praise to God with no mention of death or loss, was the ...
Jewish Link of Bronx, Westchester and Connecticut
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:37:30 -0700
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” shed some light on the subject in a September 2011 op-ed for JNS.org. “For years, I wondered why the Kaddish, a hymn of praise to God with no mention of death or loss, was the ...
The Guardian Nigeria
The Guardian Nigeria
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:54:37 -0700
It is not enough to keep praying for divine intervention. We must muster the courage and strength to make good commitments and stand by them'. This much is the message of Jack Reimer in Likrat Shabbat quoted by Harold Kushner (1981). We are spiritually ...
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