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How Good Do We Have to Be? by Harold S. Kushner
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Jan 11, 2012

really liked it

There were parts of this book that I loved so much I underlined or highlighted them. Rabbi Kushner has some very good and important things to say about guilt, forgiveness and family relationships. Some of his ideas and interpretations of scripture were interesting, if unconventional. It bothered me however, that a Jewish Rabbi was emphatic that there is nothing past death. Death, he believes, and writes in the book, is final and that's it, except for memories our loved ones hold of us. I was surprised that Jews do not believe in an after-life, or maybe it is just Rabbi Kushner who doesn't believe in life-after-death. It's an interesting book to be sure, but I wouldn't take everything in it as gospel truth.
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