For Immediate Release

 Rabbi Richard Agler announces the publication of “The Tragedy Test: Making Sense of Life-Changing Loss—A Rabbi’s Journey. 

Written in the wake of the sudden, accidental death of his twenty-six-year-old daughter Talia, The Tragedy Test explores timeless questions of faith, belief, and resilience. Among them: How could this have happened? Why did it happen? To me of all people? And, Where is life’s justice and fairness?

In clear and compelling language, with reference to both ancient and modern sources of wisdom, The Tragedy Test provides insight to these and other questions that arise in the aftermath of impactful loss. 

Endorsed by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, and favorably reviewed online and in print by scholars and lay readers alike, The Tragedy Test provides guidance on navigating our own personal tragedies and supporting friends and loved ones through theirs.

The Tragedy Test is published by Wipf and Stock of Eugene, Oregon, a traditional publisher of religious and academic titles. While written for a general audience, religious and academic professionals will find its treatment of the classic questions, along with responses and proposed solutions to them, meaningful as well. 

The book may be ordered directly from where a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to The Tali Fund. Each copy purchased there is also personally signed by the author.

For further information, visit or contact Rabbi Richard Agler.


Author Bio:

Full version:

Short version: 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.

Rabbi Richard Agler

Rabbi Richard Agler

About the Tali Fund:

Talia Faith Agler (1985-2012) sought to better the world and succeeded in doing so—through her work, her wit and her love. The Tali Fund has been established to support her ongoing work and dreams. It financially supports the Talia Agler Girls Shelter, an arm of the Centre for Domestic Training and Development in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, it supports educational efforts and programs to encourage organ donation.

The Tali Fund is a 501 (c) (3) corporation registered in the State of Florida, USA.

For more about Talia’s ongoing work and legacy, click here.

Talia Faith Agler, 1985-2012

Talia Faith Agler, 1985-2012

possible Interview Questions for Journalists and others:

Why did you write this book?

Did writing it change you?

What can/do you say to others who have suffered a life-changing loss?

Why do you think there is tragedy in the world?

You write about the “God of Law and Spirit.” Can you tell us what you mean by that?

Tell us about your daughter Talia’s legacy.

Do you have a message for other spiritual leaders—who may or may not share your faith or conclusions?

Would you like to leave us with a favorite quotation from The Tragedy Test?

The Tragedy Test  by Richard Agler    Published 2018 | Wipf and Stock, Eugene, OR

The Tragedy Test by Richard Agler

Published 2018 | Wipf and Stock, Eugene, OR