When tragedy strikes we want to know: Why did this happen? How could it have happened? Where is life's justice and fairness? When tragedy strikes we need to know: What still makes sense. What paths lead to healing. How to deal with the timeless questions. When Rabbi Richard Agler's twenty-six-year-old daughter Talia was struck and killed by a motor vehicle, his understanding of tragedy failed him. This book is an account of a journey, one he had no choice but to take, leading from unimaginable grief to (at least partial) recovery. In clear and compelling language, with references to both ancient and modern sources of wisdom, Rabbi Agler offers insight for everyone who has, or who one day might, experience painful loss. The Tragedy Test may give you enhanced clarity on some of humanity's most profound questions. It may lead you to reimagine the nature of our universe. It may fundamentally challenge your understanding of the God you thought you knew. It will not leave you unmoved or unchanged. ""I have no doubt that readers will be better able to surmount their own misfortunes because of the example Rabbi Agler has set."" --Harold Kushner, author of Nine Essential Things I've Learned about Life Richard Agler was ordained in 1978. He is the founding rabbi, now Rabbi Emeritus, of Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida. He has taught graduate courses in mysticism and his gift for bringing complex ideas to life makes him a speaker in demand. He has published articles and letters on political ethics, interfaith relations, and baseball. Currently Co-Director of the Tali Fund and Resident Scholar at the Keys Jewish Community Center in Tavernier, Florida, this is his first book. www.rabbiagler.net.