As a congregational rabbi for half a century and the best-selling author of twelve books on faith, ethics, and how to apply the timeless wisdom of religious thought to everyday challenges, Rabbi Harold S. Kushner has demonstrated time and again his understanding of the human spirit. In this compassionate new work, his most personal since When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Kushner relates how his time as a twenty-first-century rabbi has shaped his senses of religion and morality. He elicits nine essential lessons from the sum of his teaching, study, and experience, offering a lifetimeŸ??s worth of spiritual food for thought, pragmatic advice, inspiration for a more fulfilling life, and strength for trying times.
With fresh, vital insight into belief (Ÿ??there is no commandment in Judaism to believe in GodŸ??), conscience (the Garden of Eden story as youŸ??ve never heard it), and mercy (forgiveness is Ÿ??a favor you do yourself, not an undeserved gesture to the person who hurt youŸ??), grounded in Kushner's brilliant readings of Scripture, history, and popular culture, Nine Essential Things IŸ??ve Learned About Life is compulsory reading from one of modern JudaismŸ??s foremost sages.
Distilling the wisdom of an extraordinary career, this profoundly inspiring yet practical guide to well-being is truly the capstone to KushnerŸ??s luminous oeuvre.