Rabbi Harold S. Kushner was born on April 3, 1935,
in Brooklyn, New
York. Kushner attended Columbia University, obtaining
his B.A. in 1955 and his M.A. in 1960. In 1960, Kushner was ordained
a rabbi at the Jewish Theological
Seminary. In 1966 Kushner accepted a rabbinical position for Temple
Israel in Natick, Massachusetts; he would remain at Temple Israel for
twenty-four years. In 1972, he earned his Ph.D. from the Seminary.
In 1981, Kushner published his first bestseller, When
Bad Things Happen to Good People.
Since that time, the book has been translated
into twelve languages. A few of his other
works include When Children
Ask about God (1972) and To Life! (1993).
In 1995, he was awarded the Christopher
Medal for When All You’ve Ever Wanted
Isn’t Enough. In 2003, he published The
Lord Is My Sheperd.
Sources: “Harold Kushner (1935- ).” American
Jewish Historical Society, American
Jewish Desk Reference, (NY: Random
House, 1999) pg. 65, Wikipedia