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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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14 news items

Chicago Tribune
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:22:30 -0700

The topic selected was "Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People-The Problem of Evil," a phrase popularized by Rabbi Harold Kushner. The most beneficial aspects were "learning new information and ideas about Jewish topics which allowed for a ...
The Daily News of Newburyport
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:14:50 -0700

There is a wonderful book that you may have read entitled “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” It was written by an intelligent and sensitive rabbi, Harold Kushner, out of the maturity of his own confrontation with one of life's most hurtful ...
The Jewish News
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:16:28 -0700

At one point she sought answers in Rabbi Harold Kushner's 1981 book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. The rabbi's son, Aaron, was born with Progeria, a rare genetic condition that causes children to age rapidly and to die young. “[Rabbi Kushner] ...
The Jewish Journal of Greater L.A.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:45:00 -0700

As Rabbi Harold Kushner notes, the moment of recovery from a serious illness entails a mix of feelings – including relief and happiness which may be coupled with “resentment over what had been gone through as well as envy of people who had remained ...
Wicked Local Natick
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:33:21 -0700

NATICK. ANNUNCIATION ORTHODOX CHURCH, Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese In America. OCA. 37 Washington St., Natick; Services: Eastern Orthodox Divine Liturgy (in English) Sunday at 10 a.m.; Children's Church School at 10:45 a.m. Rector: Rev.
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:56:15 -0700

"I looked at those guys and said, 'I don't think any of you should ever go to north Vietnam," Swindle said. A gripping story of capture came from retired Col. Harold Kushner, an Army medical doctor who spent more than five years in captivity after his ...
Highland Community News (subscription)
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:18:32 -0700

Perhaps the most beneficial book that deals with this issue is Rabbi Harold Kushner's classic, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” He enumerates several possible ways and whys that God could cause suffering, and disagrees with all of them.
Sri Lanka Guardian
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:26:15 -0700

An article excerpted from Rabbi Harold Kushner's famous book "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" says: " The painful things that happen to us are not punishments for our misbehaviour, nor are they in any way part of some grand design on God's ...

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