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26 09, 2018

The Mindfullness of Prayer

2018-09-26T23:03:07+00:00 September 26th, 2018|TIME Magazine|

At fifteen I was arrested for shoplifting, getting a D minus in Algebra and mired in acned adolescent angst. Not knowing what else to do, my befuddled parents sent me to a Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin and hoped for the best. The best is exactly what happened. Within hours of my return I missed camp so much my heart hurt. I missed the music, the hippie counselors, the towering, wise rabbis and the pretty girls dressed for the Sabbath [...]

22 02, 2018

Rick Warren Endorses Steve Leder’s New Book – More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us

2018-02-22T03:34:04+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Press Releases|

LOS ANGELES - February 15, 2018 Rabbi Steve Leder’s bestselling new book, ‘More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us’ (Hay House, November 2017), has found itself at or near the top of multiple bestseller lists, including having outpaced a number of spiritual/inspirational classics. And for good reason, according to Rick Warren, founding pastor at Saddleback Church, one of America’s most influential evangelical voices and a man who knows a thing or two about classics. Warren’s ‘The Purpose Driven Life’ [...]

14 12, 2017

Hurt and Run

2017-12-22T21:17:17+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Healing|

In the space of one year, two families at the Temple where I am a rabbi had loved ones killed while they were walking across the street. One, Andrew, had recently graduated from film school and was celebrating with friends who were in town for Christmas week. Before he went out that night, he gave his father a big hug and said, “I love you, Dad.” A few hours later, he was hit by a car and the driver kept [...]

8 12, 2017

A Talk with Rabbi Steve Leder about Pain and Transcendence in his new book

2017-12-13T01:10:10+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Books|

There are very few books you can turn to again and again. More beautiful than Before is a gentle tome with a powerful lesson about overcoming pain. You will want to buy two copies of this book: one for your shelf and one to pass on. You will find yourself reaching for Rabbi Steve Leder’s wisdom many times during your life. A publicist for Hay House contacted me about reviewing Rabbi Steve Leder’s new book More beautiful than Before. So when the tiny [...]

26 11, 2017

Steve Leder Knows Things (More Beautiful than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us)

2018-06-15T22:50:53+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Books|

Steve Leder knows things. As the senior Rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the 155-year-old Los Angeles congregation that is home to some 2400 families (including mine), where Leder has served for 30 years, when his phone rings, it is often not good news.  He has had to comfort, support, minister to and officiate at hundreds of funerals, make thousands of hospital visits and counsel individuals and families as their lives and families fall apart. When cancer is diagnosed, when adultery [...]

15 11, 2017

Rabbi Steve Leder on the power of suffering: “It’s only pain that forces us to change”

2017-12-13T01:04:52+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Books|

A thought-provoking new book explores the idea that the painful aspects of life also bring healing and wisdom. Rabbi Steve Leder, author of "More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us," serves as senior rabbi at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest synagogue in Southern California. Leder joined "CBS This Morning" to discuss his book, the power of suffering and the healing nature of apologies. "In a way, I think we're all only truly whole after we've been broken somehow, [...]

15 11, 2017

More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us

2017-12-13T01:03:59+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Books|

A rabbi’s story of the redemptive power of pain — how suffering can provide a window of transformation There is a crack in everything. — Ralph Waldo Emerson Every one of us sooner or later walks through hell. The hell of being hurt or the hell of hurting another. The hell of cancer, the hell of a reluctant shovelful of earth upon the casket of someone we deeply loved. The hell of divorce, of a kid in trouble, of Alzheimer’s, [...]