Next Avenue: The upside of suffering

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

Over the course of 30 years, Steve Leder has counseled hundreds of people facing all varieties of pain and suffering: death, injury, grave illness, estrangement, divorce and more.

However, the senior rabbi of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles, who has twice been named by Newsweek as one of the 10 most influential rabbis in America, wrote his latest book, “More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us,” from a very personal place of suffering and pain.

Approximately five years ago, Leder suffered a herniated disc after a car accident, resulting in surgery that was followed by a painful and arduous recovery period.

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