Nov 3, 2020
In this episode, Dr. Bob has a wonderful and very meaningful conversation with Rabbi Steve Leder. They talk about the true meaning of the Sabbath, the importance of having one rest day every week and the positive impact it can have on your family and your life. This is absolutely a must listen episode.
After receiving his degree in writing and graduating Cum Laude from Northwestern University, and time studying at Trinity College, Oxford University, Rabbi Leder received a Master’s Degree in Hebrew Letters in 1986 and Rabbinical Ordination in 1987 from Hebrew Union College. He currently serves as the Senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a prestigious synagogue in Los Angeles with two campuses and 2,400 families. Rabbi Leder is currently concluding his 225 million dollar campaign to develop the congregation’s historic urban campus encompassing an entire city block. The campus is soon to include a new building by Pritzker Prize winning architect Rem Koolhaas.
In addition to his many duties at Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Rabbi Leder taught Homiletics for 13 years at Hebrew Union College
in Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor and guest on The Today
Show, writes regularly for TIME, Foxnews.com, Maria Shriver’s Sunday
Paper, contributed a chapter to Charles Barkley’s book Who’s Afraid
of a Large Black Man?, and has published essays in Town and
Country, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and the Los
Angeles Jewish Journal where his Torah commentaries were read weekly by over 50,000 people. His sermon on capital punishment was included in an award winning episode of The West Wing.
Rabbi Leder received the Louis Rappaport Award for Excellence in Commentary by the American Jewish Press Association and the Kovler Award from the Religious Action Center in Washington D.C. for his work in African American/Jewish dialogue and in 2012 presented twice at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
In the New York Times, William Safire called Rabbi Leder’s first
book The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things “uplifting.”
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein said he “is
everything we search for in a modern wise man; learned, kind, funny, and non-judgmental, he offers remarkably healing guidance.”
Rabbi Leder’s second book More Money Than God: Living a Rich
Life Without Losing Your Soul received critical and media attention
including feature articles in the New York Times, Town and
Country and appearances on ABC’s Politically Incorrect, NPR, and CBS This Morning.
His third book More Beautiful Than Before; How Suffering
Transforms Us was reached #4 on Amazon’s overall best sellers list
in its first week. It remains a best seller in several
and has been translated into Korean and Chinese. More Beautiful Than Before has helped tens of thousands of people suffering from emotional or physical pain and continues to receive
prestigious media attention including CBS This Morning, The Talk, The Steve Harvey Show, and four appearances on NBC’s Today Show. He is now at work on his next book The Beauty of What Remains; What Death Teaches Us About Life, to be published by Penguin Random House in the spring of 2021.
Newsweek Magazine twice named him one of the ten most
influential rabbis in America but most important to Steve is being
Betsy’s husband and Aaron and Hannah’s dad. He is also a
Jew who likes to fish. Go figure.
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