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Harold Kushner Reads Job

The man who brought us When Bad Things Happen to Good People turns to a biblical predecessor for lessons

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(Ariel Kushner Haber)
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Is misfortune God’s doing? A new work on The Book of Job asks what kind of world we live in.

Harold Kushner first brought comfort and insight to many in 1981 with his best-selling self-help book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Since then, he’s continued to offer life- and faith-affirming messages, with such titles as When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough, and Living a Life That Matters. Now he returns to his original theme of suffering with The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person. In Job’s anguish and anger toward God, Kushner finds lessons on how one might remain faithful to a God who does not protect us from suffering.

Kushner talks with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry about the very personal roots of this exploration, dating back to the 1970s, when his son Aaron was diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease (Aaron died in 1977, at age 14); about the depth and complexity of the Job verses; and about why he believes we must choose between an all-loving God and an all-powerful one. [Running time: 19:57.] 

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Rabbi Bernard Eisenman says:

Rabbi Kushner is his usual brilliant self. He like Mordecai Kaplan is the philosopher of this hour in history where God talk needs this freshness of God in our lives. Can’t wait to read his book.

41953 says:

Job challenges God’s justice. God’s answer is : How dare you? I am all powerful. You have no right to question me. I am the boss!
How can any thinking person accept this kind of God?


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Harold Kushner Reads Job

The man who brought us When Bad Things Happen to Good People turns to a biblical predecessor for lessons

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