You may have heard of Rabbi Harold Kushner. You may have read about him. And while he has many fans, there are those who never read him nor did they hear him unless they were able to catch him on NPR, YouTube, sitting in his congregation or at one of his book tours. He’s the guy who wrote, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Some might have figured here’s a guy writing some nonsense to justify the title subject matter. Some never read his books, nor did they have any desire to hear him speak, even knowing about his reputation. For some it’s regretful since they missed out on wonderful enlightenment offered by this time honored author.
As we age our views, needs and interests change, so when Rabbi Kushner spoke at the Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Katz JCC Book Festival, it was once again time for a different kind of date. If an inspirational speaker opportunity ever comes your way, you should take it. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Rabbi Kushner uses humor and interesting stories to get his points across. He and his wife lost a child at 14 years of age to a devastating disease, and that alone would be reason enough to lose faith, even for a man of faith. Instead, he searched for answers, and to paraphrase, albeit rather poorly, he said God doesn’t necessarily bring about bad things, but rather faith in God helps us deal with the bad things that come our way. This may or may not be helpful for those who have to deal with tragedy, hard times or any of the difficulties that come their way, but it certainly resonated with the audience that night and with the millions of those who have bought his books over the years.
According to Rabbi Kushner, his new book, Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life, is possibly his last, being that he is now 80 years old. It was available for sale at the lecture and at all book sellers. In a world dominated by pop-culture, triviality and entertaining ourselves, it may be time to take a break and think about our spiritual selves. This book helps with that goal. He spoke about the contents of several of the nine chapters contained in the new book. This collection constitutes the wisdom of a man in the wisdom business.
Don’t be afraid to expand your options for date night. When a dynamic speaker is in town, make every effort to forgo the usual dinner and movie, and expand your mind. You will be glad you did.
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