Meet Rabbi Harold Kushner discussing The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person

Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops. October 22, 2012. 6:30 p.m.

The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Yet after losing everything, Job – though confused, angry, and questioning God – refuses to reject his faith, although he challenges some central aspects of it, and is rewarded with abundant good fortune. Rabbi Kushner examines the questions raised by Job’s experience, questions that have challenged wisdom-seekers and worshippers for centuries. What kind of God permits such bad things to happen to good people? Why does He test his followers? Can a deeply good God be all-powerful?

Rooted in the text, the critical tradition that surrounds it, and his own profoundly moral thinking, Kushner’s study gives us the book of Job as a lodestone for our time, teaching us about what can and cannot be controlled, about the power of faith when all seems dark, and about our ability to find God where we look for him.

Harold S. Kushner is rabbi laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, having served that congregation for twenty-four years. He is best known as the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People. In 1995, he was honored by the Christophers, a Roman Catholic organization, as one of fifty people who have made the world a better place in the past half-century, and in 1999, the national organization Religion in American Life honored him as their clergyman of the year. This is his thirteenth book.

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