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For the mathematician see Harold J. Kushner
Harold Samuel Kushner
Born 1935 (age 80–81)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Occupation Rabbi, author
Notable work 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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Sun, 17 Jan 2016 22:56:15 -0800

Rabbi Harold Kushner says 'being good' doesn't necessarily lead to reward. Just look at Jacob and his prayers from two decades apart. on.aol.com. You may have heard of Rabbi Harold Kushner. You may have read about him. And while he has many fans, ...

Minnesota Public Radio News

Minnesota Public Radio News
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:38:40 -0700

Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote the book on bad things happening. Literally. He wrote "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" in 1978, and it went on to sell more than four million copies. Kushner is back now with more wisdom, in "Nine Essential Things I've ...
Boston Globe
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:04:00 -0700

Harold S. Kushner, rabbi laureate at Temple Israel of Natick, published his first book in 1981. “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” became an international bestseller and launched his career as a stalwart of the spirituality section in bookstores ...

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:52:30 -0800

"Children may be very clingy and reluctant to have their parents leave," observes Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People. To help children understand the tragedy, especially those under 11 years old, psychologists give ...
HeraldNet (blog)
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:07:42 -0800

A day after my husband died in 1998, Sister Dolores Crosby showed up on my doorstep. She handed me a used paperback. It was “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” by the rabbi Harold Kushner.
Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:07:30 -0800

Jill M. Johnson will lead the class, "Plot Twist: The Unexpected Monkey Wrench of Grief." Discussion will focus on theories of grief found in texts like "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," by Rabbi Harold Kushner, and Pauline Boss' "Ambiguous Loss.".

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:16:57 -0700

"I prepared to be a rabbi for a different generation," said Rabbi Harold Kushner, the bestselling author who became a nationally known spiritual leader when he defended religion in the 1978 classic When Bad Things Happen to Good People (Random House) ...
The Jewish Week
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:15:00 -0700

It feels natural to begin a conversation with Rabbi Harold Kushner by talking about God, even as we're seated in a crowded hotel lobby on a weekday afternoon. The author of the international mega-best-seller “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” and ...

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