Harold S. Kushner is rabbi laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts, having long served that congregation. He is best known as the author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
Author of the classic When Bad Things Happen to Good People, whose title has entered the lexicon of mourning, Rabbi Kushner here examines the story of Moses to suggest how to deal with life's inevitable setbacks. With a 100,000-copy first printing; a 14-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"No human relationship is without betrayal, irritation and annoyance, but Kushner makes clear that it's what we do about such obstacles that matter."--Los Angeles Times Book Review "Compassionate and wise, Rabbi Kushner is a master of the story that heals."--Deborah Tannen, author of You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation "An articulate, no-nonsense treatise.... A readably inspirational homily leavened with subtle humor.... Kushner's book can serve to fortify us in times of loss and frustration."--The Jerusalem Report
When life does not unfold as planned, Rabbi Kushner (When Bad Things Happen to Good People) strongly but sympathetically urges his readers to take inventory, learn from their experiences and move on with an open heart. Who better to learn from, he contends, than Moses, the greatest hero of the Jewish people? Moses not only led the Jews from slavery in Egypt and through the desert for 40 years to receive the Torah, but had to continually bear the ingratitude and complaints of his people, and relegate his personal life to a distant second place. Threading vignettes of Moses' resiliency into his discussion, Kushner advises that when personal difficulties arise-whether in the form of illness, marital problems or job frustrations-readers should not allow their faith and dreams to die. Rather, they should draw upon hope and forgiveness to become stronger, channeling their love and fear toward a dream that incorporates the best of who they are. Kushner does not shy away from difficult issues and awkward dilemmas, and his years of rabbinical experience in dealing with congregants' troubles make him well suited to offer advice. This readable and sensitive discussion of "Life is tough; let's be strong enough not to be broken by it" should appeal to anyone who has ever been disappointed. (Aug. 16) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.