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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.

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Wicked Local Natick
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:39:54 -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.

Pitch Weekly

Pitch Weekly
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:22:30 -0700

The best advice I ever got: From Rabbi Harold Kushner: When you feel others have wronged you, assume ignorance, not malice. Worst advice: “Nah, go ahead and step in it.” My sidekick: My perfect wife, Jessica. My dating triumph/tragedy: See above answer ...

Boston Herald

Boston Herald
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0700

It's hard to remember a story like this, perhaps because we've never seen a story quite like what's happening within your Market Basket family. When was the last time we saw hundreds of workers pushing their entire pile — jobs, careers, benefits ...
Kashmir Times
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:03:45 -0700

Often we think we can achieve nirvana and peace of mind by giving up everything, for those who dream of such lazy a life, Rabbi Harold Kushner tells a wonderful story about a bright young man who was a sophomore Stanford pre-med student. To reward ...

News from Rutgers

News from Rutgers
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0700

Barbara Ostfeld, professor, Department of Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick: I first read Rabbi Harold Kushner's book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, shortly after it was published in 1981 and found his ...

New York Observer

New York Observer
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:14:02 -0700

In the year or so before he leaves Beth Elohim, Mr. Bachman is finishing up a proposal for a book on Judaism in the 21st Century, the precedents for which include Milton Steinberg's Basic Judaism (1947), Harold Kushner's To Life! (1994) and Jews: The ...
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:35:29 -0700

Harold Kushner escribió: "Nuestras almas no tienen necesidad de fama, comodidad, riqueza o poder. Esos incentivos crean casi tantos problemas como los que resuelven. Nuestras almas tienen hambre de significado, de propósito, de trascendencia".

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