One of the “Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life” – Harold Kushner

Source: WSJ, Nov 2015

1 of the 9:

“The task of religion isn’t to teach us to bow our heads and accept God’s inscrutable will,” writes the esteemed rabbi. “It is to help us find the resources to live meaningfully and to go on believing, even in a world where people often don’t get what they deserve.” In other words, he writes, “religion can teach us not to despair.”

Whatever one’s religious beliefs may be, Mr. Kushner has much to say about the enduring value of community, the universal need for a sense of belonging, the moral sense that makes us human and the ways in which we also help ourselves by helping others.


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