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For the mathematician see Harold J. Kushner
Harold Samuel Kushner
Born 1935 (age 79–80)
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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293 news items

Boston Globe
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 14:56:15 -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 ...

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:11:15 -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) ...
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:30:00 -0700

In his classic book on death and mourning, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner pondered why tragedies befall those undeserving of them. After this earnings season, investors are likely staring at their portfolios and wondering the ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 04:21:54 -0700

She also had me read "Bad Things Happen to Good People" by Harold Kushner. I really struggled with blaming myself for Mikal's death and that book helped give me a more realistic perspective. About six months after Mikal's death it was discovered my ...


Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:00:00 -0700

Next time you have the chance to make a few extra bucks over the weekend instead of spending time with your partner, see what it feels like to decline the work in favor of play. As Harold Kushner said, “No one ever said on their deathbed, 'I wish I'd ...
Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:29:48 -0800

Rabbi Harold Kushner has written a dozen books offering guidance from the Bible for living a life that matters. His best-known title is When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Although the book came out nearly 30 years ago, Kushner still hears from ...

Allentown Morning Call

Allentown Morning Call
Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:18:11 -0700

Spiritual leader and best-selling author Rabbi Harold S. Kushner has earned his place in people's hearts and personal libraries for his ability to approach life's puzzles with compassion and love. He is best known for his book "When Bad Things Happen ...
Washington Post
Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:02:50 -0700

'The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person' by Harold S. Kushner (Schocken). In 1977, Harold S. Kushner's son died of progeria — rapid aging syndrome — at age 14. A few years later, Kushner published “When Bad Things Happen to ...

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