When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
Conquering Fear: Living Boldly In An Uncertain World.
To Life: A Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking.
The list of his books goes on. And on. Rabbi Harold Kusher is one of the most well-respected and prolific rabbinical writers of our time, in large part because his writing is not interpreting biblical texts (for the most part), but rather writing about meaningful topics for lay people. His writing makes us think, and feel, well, Jewishly.
And on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Kushner is coming to Minneapolis to speak at Beth El Synagogue’s tribute to Rabbi Kassel Abelson. He will be speaking about “Living a Life That Matters.”
The event is a fundraiser to support Beth El, so tickets start at $36 for general admission (fully tax deductible) and go up from there. You can buy your ticket to the event here. But… you guessed it… TCJewfolk has the hook up. We’re giving away one pair of the $36 ticket to one lucky TCJewfolk reader.
How can you win a pair of tickets to hear Rabbi Harold Kushner speak at Beth El in Minneapolis?
Answer this question – on the same subject as Rabbi Kushner’s speech on the 22nd – in the comments below before Thursday, June 16th at midnight. How do you make sure you’re living a life that matters? What does it mean to live that kind of life? There is no right answer – we’ll pick the winner randomly. And we’ll send Rabbi Kushner all the answers posted below!
Even if you don’t win tickets, this is a great opportunity to hear an inspiring speaker, and support a wonderful synagogue. Hope to see you there!
To live a life that matters you have to give. The more of yourself you give to others, the more you get back.
One of the most memorable NPR “driveway moments” my husband and I have ever had was listening to Rabbi Kushner give a talk about his (then) new book, Living a Life That Matters. The concept that resonated with both of us to this day was that most of us will never be Best Actor, but all of us can strive to Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Like the (unnamed) angel Gabriel that is mentioned in passing when Joseph wants to find his brothers, who then sell him into slavery, we never know when we will be that unnamed person who has an impact on someone or – in this case – on history. We try to live a life that matters by being aware that any moment can be that moment.
And the winner is Erika Dani, who entered on Facebook! Congrats! The rest of you should buy tickets soon! What a great opportunity to hear a moving speaker.