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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.

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External links[edit]

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Minnesota Public Radio News

Minnesota Public Radio News
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:33:45 -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 ...


Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:52:55 -0700

It is all too easy to get swept up in the waves of cynicism that continue to flow onto our cultural shores. It feels like we mourn the death of reading, democracy, the economy, and religion on a weekly basis. Illegitimate TV doctors sell us all sorts ...


Thu, 26 Nov 2015 04:22:30 -0800

“When you give and carry out acts of kindness, it's as though something inside your body responds and says, 'Yes, this is how I ought to feel.'” — Rabbi Harold Kushner. 16. “Thanksgiving is the day when you turn to another family member and say, 'How ...
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 ...


Tue, 24 Nov 2015 03:31:56 -0800

Rabbi Harold Kushner. 19. "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” -- W.T. Purkiser. 20. "All across America, we gather this week with the people we love to give thanks to God for the ...

Wicked Local Natick

Wicked Local Natick
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:37:30 -0800

Kick off your holiday season in downtown Natick. “Small Business Saturday” will take place Nov. 28, and the annual Holiday Lighting on the Common will be held Nov. 29 from 2:30-4:45 p.m. The annual community event, sponsored by several organizations ...
The Saratogian
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 22:07:44 -0800

92Y BROADCAST: The community is invited to join Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs, as they host the 92Y broadcast featuring Harold Kushner, Rachel Cowan and Peter Rubenstein on Sunday, December 6 at 1pm.

strategy+business (registration) (blog)

strategy+business (registration) (blog)
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 04:00:00 -0800

One of my all-time favorite books is Harold Kushner's Living a Life That Matters. According to Kushner, living a meaningful life requires recognizing that “our souls are split, part of us reaching for goodness, part of us chasing fame and fortune and ...

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