November 18, 2018

Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Toldot with Rabbi Aderet Drucker

Our guest this week is Rabbi Aderet Drucker, leader of the B'nai Shalom congregation in Walnut Creek, CA. Rabbi Drucker received her rabbinic ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, receiving a Masters in Hebrew Letters and a concentration in Pastoral Care. She holds a BS in Biological Anthropology from the University of California. During her time in rabbinical school, Rabbi Drucker was awarded the prestigious Gladstein Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Rabbinics. Prior to B'nai Shalom, she served as the rabbinic intern-in-residence at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, New York under the mentorship of Rabbi Gordon Tucker and as the rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Torah in Tallahassee, Florida. Rabbi Drucker also completed a 400-hour unit in hospital chaplaincy at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan, and she served as a Rabbinic Intern to Rabbi Mauricio Balter and his Masorti community in northern Israel.

This week's Torah portion – Parashat Toldot  (Genesis 25:19-28:9) – tells us the fascinating story of Jacob and Esau and of the selling of Esau's birth right to Jacob. Our discussion focuses on the dangers of not communicating openly and honestly – within the family as well as in the broader Abrahamic family.

Our Past discussions of Toldot:

Rabbi Robert Scheinberg on the demonizing of Essau in the Jewish tradition

Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman on the complex family dynamic in Isaac’s family