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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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Harold Kushner with Phil Miller: Book of Psalms

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When Bad Things Happen To Good People (widescreen)

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The Book of Job by Harold S. Kushner

Rabbi Kushner has spent years pondering the subject of Job—as a young doctoral student in Bible, rattled by recent revelations of the Holocaust, he contemplated a dissertation on the biblical...

Christopher Hitchens, Harold Kushner and Peter Gomes - God: Big Questions... Bigger Questions [2009]

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...

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 - Through the Valley of the Shadow - Program 3610

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Harold Kushner - Conquering Fear - Program 5305

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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

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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.

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269 news items

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:15:00 -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 ...

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
People Magazine
Mon, 05 May 2008 14:48:17 -0700

Nov. 19, 1966 was a day that turned from joy to anguish for Rabbi Harold S. Kushner and his wife, Suzette. They celebrated the birth of their second child, a girl whom they named Ariel. But 12 hours later they listened in bewilderment as a pediatrician ...
Thu, 12 Oct 2006 14:28:05 -0700

On the 25th anniversary of the publication of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, his landmark book on coping with life's tragedies, Rabbi Harold Kushner's new book, Overcoming Life's Disappointments, returns to a similar theme. Having retired from ...

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