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Steve Leder

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Latest 26 Nov 2022 | Updated Daily

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104. Wake Up to What's Important with Rabbi Steve Leder

Wake Up To Your Life

What do you regret? When was a time you led with your heart? What is love? What is a good person? These are among the questions posed by Rabbi Steve Leder in his latest book, For You When I Am Gone. Rabbi Leder has twice been named one of the ten most influential rabbis in the country by Newsweek Magazine.  He's a contributor on The Today show, CNN and NPR.  And he's the bestselling author of five books.  In this conversation we go over some of the important questions Rabbi Leder writes about in his latest book to help you live a life of meaning and purpose.  Follow Rabbi Steve Leder on Instagram: @Steve_Leder Order the book: For You When I Am Gone Follow me on Instagram: @Colleen_Odegaard Website:  www.ColleenOdegaard.com Email: Colleen@WakeUpToYourLife.net


26 Oct 2022

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"Boredom is the biggest threat to Judaism"-- Rabbi Steve Leder

The David Suissa Podcast

Listen to the full episode on any of your favorite podcast platforms! In conversation with rabbi and author Steve Leder, on the meaning of regret, the power of the word "boredom" and his new bestselling book, "For You When I'm Gone."   Follow David Suissa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram & Shanni Suissa on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. You can check out Shanni’s new show here!

1hr 6mins

28 Sep 2022

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Why we should all consider writing an ethical WILL with Rabbi Steve Leder

The Grief Gang

This weeks guest is Rabbi Steve Leder. Steve is the senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and author of five books! His most recent book, For You When I Am Gone, was my summer read on holiday this year. I could NOT put it down, and you’re about to find out why in this episode.Steve’s latest book tackles one of the most requested topics from the last book: writing an ethical will, or a meaningful letter about your life. (Are you now thinking what on earth is an ethical will? Keep put!) He shares 12 questions in this book and prompts to help readers explore their values, beliefs, hopes, and dreams, and includes examples of ethical wills from a broad range of voices and faiths – old and young, with and without children, famous and unknown – as well as his own. It is Filled with ancient wisdom and wit., For You When I Am Gone is a moving, hopeful, and inspiring book that will encourage us to think about the legacy we leave behind.Whether you follow a faith or religion or not, I think this episode can appeal to all. Writing or thinking about an ethical will is not subjective to following faith. It’s drilled into us that we should have our ducks in a row for when we die….who gets the house? Who gets this piece of jewellery? How much money goes to this person?...but at the end of the day, these things are all just…things. What do we really want to leave behind for those we love?...and also, what do you think your person might have written in their ethical will if they had the chance to write one?!I’ve got you thinking now haven’t i? Get your pen and paper at the ready…You can find and connect with Steve on instagram by searching steve_leder. Visit his website at www.steveleder.com where you can buy and read his latest book For you when I am gone. It will massively help and guide you if you're thinking about writing your ethical will! Even if your'e not, it is such a life changing read, honestly!Happy listening…and writing!Big love,Amber xFollow and be part of The Grief Gang community:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thegriefgangpodcast/?hl=enTwitter: https://twitter.com/thegriefgang?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5EauthorFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGriefGangYoutube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCpe5pGmjvqPFteN4L7T_ZATikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thegriefgangWebsite: https://www.thegriefgang.com/Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/the-grief-gang. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


28 Sep 2022

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How Death Helps Us Lead a More Meaningful Life: with Rabbi Steve Leder


“You write your eulogy with the pen of your life.” Rabbi Steve Leder, is a best-selling author and Senior Rabbi at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles who has been named one of the most influential Rabbis in America. His most recent book, “For You When I am Gone” teaches us how to write an ethical will (outlining 12 questions to ask), a letter to loved ones that helps them understand what we have learned about how to live a meaningful life. He shares: The number one regret he sees most people have not heir death bed. The biggest lessons he’s learned from death that can help us lead a better life.  What tombstones can teach us  What we misunderstand about grief Why we should all have an “ethical will.”  Why we must consider death in order to figure out what we want out of life.  Why we need to work to make sure our inner life matches our outer life.  The right questions to ask yourself to find if you're living out your values. Why we are have the wrong idea of what it means to sacrifice. 


15 Sep 2022

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Writing an Ethical Will - Rabbi Steve Leder - ND3762

New Dimensions

Approaching and facing some essential life questions and leaving them in a written “ethical will” will benefit our loved ones after we have passed and might be more important than any material things we pass on at our death. It will also be helpful in shedding light on our own deepest beliefs and dreams. Steve Leder is senior Rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. After receiving his degree in writing and graduating cum laude from Northwestern University, studying at Trinity College, Oxford University, Leder received a master’s degree in Hebrew letters in 1986 and rabbinical ordination in 1987 from Hebrew Union College. He is the author of many books including The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things (Behrman House 1999), More Money Than God: Living A Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul (Volt Press 2003), More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us (Hay House 2017), The Beauty of What Remains (Avery 2021) and For You When I Am Gone: Twelve Essential Questions to Tell a Life Story Interview Date: 6/20/2022    Tags: Steve Leder, ethical will, living legacy, estate planning, grief, abracadabra, regret, Schopenhauer, Max Planck, compassion, Seventh generation, good and evil, Writing, Personal Transformation, Philosophy


24 Aug 2022

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45. How Can I Lead a More Purposeful Life? With Rabbi Steve Leder

New Day

Pain. Suffering. Grief. These are all things most people try to avoid. But Rabbi Steve Leder knows his life is more purposeful because it was transformed by the pain he’s experienced in his life. In this beautiful conversation, Claire and Rabbi Leder discuss how he came to that realization, what he does when he gets overwhelmed by the magnitude of the Earth's chaos and suffering, and what it means to live life like a good ancestor. Plus, Rabbi Leder encourages you to create an ethical will to leave behind for your loved ones. Resources from the show For You When I Am Gone by Rabbi Steve Leder Rabbi Leder’s High Holy Days sermons Do you have something you want Claire’s help with? Send her a question to be featured on an upcoming episode by emailing us at newday@lemonadamedia.com or submitting one at www.bit.ly/newdayask. Want to connect? Join the New Day Facebook Group!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/newdaypod Click this link for a list of current sponsors and discount codes for this show and all Lemonada shows go to lemonadamedia.com/sponsors. To follow along with a transcript and/or take notes for friends and family, go to lemonadamedia.com/show/newday/ shortly after the air date. Follow Claire on IG and FB @clairebidwellsmith or Twitter @clairebidwell and visit her website: www.clairebidwellsmith.com. Stay up to date with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @LemonadaMedia.  Joining Lemonada Premium is a great way to support our show and get bonus content. Subscribe today at bit.ly/lemonadapremium.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


12 Aug 2022

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#65 Steve Leder: Twelve Questions to Tell a Life Story


Steve Leder is a husband, father, bestselling author and, as the senior rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, one the most influential religious leaders in America. During his 35 years at Southern California’s oldest synagogue he has proven to be something of an expert in the human experience, and overseen not just regular services at the temple, but also countless weddings - including that of his friend and Academy Award winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin - and his fair share of funerals, of which he has performed more than a thousand in his career. Not bad for the son of a junkman from Minnesota. On this episode of Paternal, Leder reflects on what he’s learned about fathers and sons over the years and why men struggle when they face adversity alone, as well as the life and legacy of his own dad and how he’s tried to become a better father himself. He also discusses his 2022 book For You When I Am Gone, which includes a dozen essential questions Leder asked 40 people to better understand how they define love, what makes them happy, and what decisions they regret most in their lives. Learn more about Paternal and sign up for our newsletter at www.paternalpodcast.com. You can also email host Nick Firchau at nick@paternalpodcast.com with any comments or suggestions for men he should profile on the show. Make sure you subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts or wherever you’re listening, then keep an eye on your feed for new episodes.


27 Jul 2022

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Why You Should Write an Ethical Will with Rabbi Steve Leder

Question The Self

Why is it that when we die we leave a document that gives away all our stuff, but not our values, our beliefs, or our personality? Rabbi Steve Leder comes on the show to talk how to write an ethical will, why it should become a cultural tradition, and his new book 'For You When I Am Gone.'


12 Jul 2022

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Don’t Wait to Live (Rabbi Steve Leder)

Pulling The Thread with Elise Loehnen

“There are 12 questions that enable every person who's willing to, to answer them, to reevaluate their life and their legacy. Because what I have found, um, with my father's death is I miss not a single material thing about my father. I mean, I have his hat on the shelf behind me and I have a couple of his old tools, but that's it, what I really cherish the inheritance, I really cherish are the values, the laughter, the music, the food, my love of nature. That's his legacy, his powerful bullshit meter, his powerful, moral compass, his love of peoplehood. And that's what we wanna be sure we bequeath to our loved ones when we're gone. But it's more than just a bequest because when you ask yourself questions, like what is love? What makes me happy? What has been my greatest failure? What do I regret? What do I want my epitaph to be? What would I say at my own funeral as a final blessing to my loved ones? These are the kinds of questions that enable us to ask whether or not we are living the life we say, we believe in and the life we say matters,” so says Steve Leder, senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and best-selling author of five books. In our conversation today, we talk about death and the creation of ethical wills, the subject of Rabbi Leder’s most recent book, For You When I Am Gone: Twelve Essential Questions to Tell a Life Story. The book, born of his experience helping thousands of people navigate loss, is a guide to writing a meaningful letter about your life - a so-called ethical will. Things are not our legacy, the rabbi tells us; and our estate plan will not nourish our loved ones, but our words and our stories have the power to provide something lasting and meaningful for generations to come. Rabbi Leder pushes us to examine our lives - our joys, our regrets, our successes and our failures - and to present those stories, brokenness and all, to those we love. Doing so, he says, will not only hold our loved ones when we are gone, but can serve to redirect us now as it forces us to examine the alignment between our professed values and the way in which we are actually living. His major takeaway? Don’t wait. Our bodies may disintegrate, but our lives are defined by our stories and we have the ability to create, and leave behind, worlds of meaning with our words. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Death, the most natural thing in the world… More than corporeal beings… Creating an ethical will… Through brokenness, wholeness… MORE FROM STEVE LEDER:For You When I Am Gone: Twelve Essential Questions to Tell a Life StoryAdditional Books by Rabbi Leder Follow Steve on Instagram and Twitter To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 1min

16 Jun 2022

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How to Live a Better, Happier Life (with Rabbi Steve Leder)

The World's First Podcast with Erin & Sara Foster

This week, Rabbi Leder is back for another conversation with Erin and Sara. They discuss imperfect families, letting go of expectations, saying yes to life, and his new book, "For You When I Am Gone: Twelve Essential Questions to Tell a Life Story."Executive Producers: Erin Foster, Sara Foster, and Allison BresnickAssociate Producer: Montana McBirneyAudio Engineer: Josh WindischThis episode is sponsored by: Boll & Branch (bollandbranch.com promo code: foster15)Osea (oseamalibu.com promo code: first)Athletic Greens (athleticgreens.com/foster)Bev (drinkbev.com/foster)Noom (noom.com/foster)BeautyCounter (beautycounter.com promo code: foster)

1hr 43mins

9 Jun 2022