April 3, 2008
TR - 7:00
Student # 44
When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t Enough
Harold S. Kushner wrote When All You’ve Ever Wanted Isn’t enough in 1986 and was awarded the Christopher Medal for it in 1995. Although this book was very successful, Kushner is actually better known for writing his bestseller, When Bad Things Happen to Good People which has been translated into fourteen different languages. Kushner received his B.A. in 1955 and his M.A. in 1960, both from Columbia University. Since then, Kushner has spent 30 years as a rabbi, earned a Ph.D from seminary, received six honorary doctorates, edited the magazine Conservative Judaism for four years, was named clergyman of the year by the national organization Religion in American Life, and written twelve books. He is currently Rabbi Laureate of Temple Israel just outside of Boston in Natick, Massachusettes. This book is all about man’s persistent quest to find meaning in life. It’s about people who successfully reach their goals and obtain the things that they had always wanted, but then wonder why they feel so unsatisfied. It’s about people feeling like their life is meaningless and that when they die, they will be forgotten as if they had never lived. This book reveals some of the misconceptions dealing with finding meaning and happiness. “It is a book about giving your life meaning, feeling that you have used your time on earth well and not wasted it, and that the world will be different for your having passed through it.” This book draws heavily from what Kushner refers to as “the most dangerous book in the Bible,” Ecclesiastes. In this brief, unusual passage of the Bible, the skeptical author challenges the benefit of man to be good and wise. He has arrived at the conclusion that being good and wise will not make you any better off than someone who is wicked and foolish, for all people have the same fate. Nevertheless, Ecclesiastes is not willing to give up on...