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The Beauty of What Remains – How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift

From the author of the bestselling More Beautiful Than Before comes an inspiring book about loss based on his most popular sermon.

As the senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Steve Leder has learned over and over again the many ways death teaches us how to live and love more deeply by showing us not only what is gone but also the beauty of what remains.

This inspiring and comforting book takes us on a journey through the experience of loss that is fundamental to everyone. Yet even after having sat beside thousands of deathbeds, Steve Leder the rabbi was not fully prepared for the loss of his own father. It was only then that Steve Leder the son truly learned how loss makes life beautiful by giving it meaning and touching us with love that we had not felt before.

Enriched by Rabbi Leder’s irreverence, vulnerability, and wicked sense of humor, this heartfelt narrative is filled with laughter and tears, the wisdom of millennia and modernity, and, most of all, an unfolding of the profound and simple truth that in loss we gain more than we ever imagined.

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“The wisdom Steve Leder shares in this moving book is an essential part of living a beautiful and meaningful life.  Read it and feel inspired.”


“With The Beauty of What Remains, Rabbi Leder has given us a profoundly thoughtful book that captures the same wisdom and wit that his congregation has experienced from him for over three decades. Give this book to a friend.”


“Rabbi Leder has a way of making us all feel better…even when tackling the difficult subject of death. I was underlining and dog earring from the start. Life lessons on each page.”


“Rabbi Steve Leder writes about grief and pain in The Beauty of What Remains—but also about the joy and love we can find in the most unexpected places. This gorgeous book will provide comfort to many.”


“Steve Leder’s words are a balm to the soul. The Beauty of What Remains encourages us to confront our feelings about death head-on, and reminds us not to fear the end of life on Earth, but to embrace what it can teach us while we’re here.”

MALLIKA CHOPRA, Author of Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy


“Through numerous recollections of conversing with the dying, Rabbi Steve Leder takes the reader on a transformational journey providing insights and caring support in releasing all fear of death to really living a meaningful life.”

ANITA MOORJANI, New York Times bestselling author of Dying To Be Me and What If This Is Heaven

“I’ve changed my will because of this book. I don’t necessarily mean the will with instructions for the disposition of my earthly possessions. I mean the will composed not by a lawyer but by my life, the legacy of the love, the values, the virtues that make life worth living. A life lived like that can create beauty even in the valley of the shadow of death.”

REV. MICHAEL B. CURRY, Author of Love Is The Way


Don’t miss out on your chance to read these other compassionately voiced books written by Steve Leder, whose words of wisdom can heal us all.

More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul

I n this beautifully written and moving book, author Steven Leder uses his 15 years of experience as a religious leader and spiritual counselor to tackle the questions with which all of us wrestle on a daily basis: How to keep money from being a focal point, how to understand the difference between wants and needs, what kind of moral code to live by while seeking the comfort that money brings, how to teach children about values involving money, and more.

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The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things

F inding meaning in the mundane is a matter of knowing where to look. Herewith, the miraculous nature of everyday life is explored. Through vignettes at turns funny and poignant, Rabbi Leder points out those easily overlooked connections between everyday experiences and the teachings of Judaism. God and spirituality can be found in every aspect of our daily routines. Ordinary things–a pet frog, a weekend fishing trip, a roller coaster ride–become extraordinary when reexamined through Jewish eyes. Woven throughout Rabbi Leder’s essays are midrashic texts, talmudic excerpts, and passages from the Torah, reflecting thousands of years of Jewish wisdom. Whether recalling a memorable walk along the beach with Dad, teaching a child the commandment of tzedakah, or stepping into the shoes of an anxious father-to-be as he paces the halls of the maternity ward, these stories reveal Judaism’s power to illuminate our lives. On child-rearing: Eleven Suggestions for Raising a Mensch. On the paradox of modern life: You can’t put one tuchus in two chairs. On miracles: The miraculous is the common and the constant: birth, teaching, our breath. Discover The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things.

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