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About Steve Leder
Twice-named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the ten most influential rabbis in America, Steve Leder is the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, serving over 2,400 families at three campuses. He is the author of such critically acclaimed books as, The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things, an Amazon #1 Best Seller, and More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul. Described as “a gift” by Forbes, Rabbi Leder’s newest book More Beautiful Than Before; How Suffering Transforms Us, became the #6 Best Seller on Amazon in its first week and has received critical acclaim and remarkable media attention. Leder has been a guest on CBS This Morning, ABC, NPR, PBS, and FOX as well as two appearances on ABC’s Politically Incorrect, NPR, The CBS Early Show, Dennis Miller, The Tavis Smiley Show, Cavuto and Friends, Scarborough Country, Fox Family and Friends and ABC Overnight. Rick Warren, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of The Purpose Driven Life describes Leder’s new book as, “A treasure box of time-tested wisdom; It is clear, compassionate, and compelling.” Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Wendy Wasserstein said, “Rabbi Leder is a modern wise man; learned, kind, funny and non-judgmental; he finds the true fabric of our spiritual lives.” Rabbi Leder has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Beliefnet, TIME Magazine, Town and Country and his commentaries in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal were read weekly by over 50,000 people.
“Rabbi Leder is everything we search for in a modern wise man; learned, kind, funny and non-judgmental. For those of us whose daily issues are those of family, love and loss, he offers remarkably healing guidance.”
I highly recommend this powerful book by my dear friend, Rabbi Steve Leder. This is not a book of heartless theory or empty platitudes. Instead, it is a treasure box of time-tested wisdom that can only come from years of experience in helping people. It is clear, compassionate, and compelling.
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From the Desk of Steve Leder
Rarely a day, rarely a minute goes by when we don't have to decide who we really are. Evil versus good is not a question of them and us and when. It is a question of us and us and now. I don’t remember much from my freshman Intro to Philosophy course 40 years ago, but I do remember a debate about the ancient Latin proverb "Homo hominis lupus-man is a wolf to men." A wolf in this case is [...]
Happy Easter! Happy Easter! Happy Easter! Just writing those words makes me smile. Easter is all about rising and resurrection, as I mentioned last week. That makes me smile this morning as well. Rising isn’t easy, but it is aspirational. Each of us will be called to rise up throughout our lives, and how we answer that call will say a lot about who we are and who we want to be. There will be times when we’ll be called to [...]
Whenever I meet a couple that has been married for more than 50 years I always ask them how they’ve done it. One man said, “We agreed whoever wants the divorce has to take everything in the garage.” A 94-year-old woman whose husband was 96 at the time whispered to me, “We always sleep naked and I keep my hand on Ted’s butt!” It’s gross, but kind of beautiful too. “There are only three words you need to stay married,” [...]
“The more noble a thing is in its perfection,” observed the sage Yohanan ben Zakkai, “the more ghastly it is in its decay.” It’s true. The further something is from its ideal state, the worse we feel about it. Which means the holidays can be awful when you or someone you love is suffering. Even putting aside the national funk that has descended upon us in 2018 with shootings, elections, bickering and scandals, a lot of people this year are [...]