November 19, 2018

Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vayishlach with Rabbi Susan Leider

Our guest this week is Rabbi Susan Leider, Rabbi of congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA. Rabbi Leider received her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Fine Arts degrees from the University of California at Irvine. At the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles, she earned her Master of Rabbinic Studies degree in 2002 and rabbinic ordination in 2006. Since ordination, she has served as assistant rabbi and later as associate rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles. Prior to attending rabbinical school, she served as principal at the Pressman Academy Religious School and held other positions in Jewish education at the Orange County Bureau of Jewish Education, Temple EmanuEl in San Jose, Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, Camp Ramah of California, Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, and the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Greater San Jose. At the national level, she serves on the Joint Placement Committee for the Conservative Movement. At the Spertus Institute in Chicago, Rabbi Leider is a candidate for a Doctoral degree in Jewish Studies.

This week's Torah Portion – Parashat Vayishlach (Genesis 32:3-36:43) – features Jacob's meeting with Esau, his wrestling with an angel, the defiling of Dinah, the death of Isaac and Rachel, and the renaming of Jacob. Our talk focuses on Jacob’s reconciliation with Esau and on what that can teach us about reconciling with our own family members this Thanksgiving.

Our past discussions of Vayishlach:

Reb Mimi Feigelson on the idea of Jacob as Esau's twin and how it impacts Jacob's life

Rabbi Gideon Sylvester on Rashi's description of Jacob's preparation for his meeting with Esau