December 10, 2019

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Vayeitzei With Rabbi David Lazar

Rabbi David Lazar has been a spiritual leader and activist in Israel Sweden and the United States for 30 years. He has led the way as an active rabbinic supporter of LGBTQ causes as well as interfaith study and prayer. In Israel, he founded and directed RIKMA, and organization devoted to Spiritual Community Leadership Training, served congregations in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and was rabbinic chaplain for the Israel AIDS Task Force. His interest in Jewish Folk Art is documented on-line at He currently serves as rabbi of Temple Isaiah in Palm Springs.

This week’s Torah portion- Parashat Vayeitze (Genesis 28:10-32:2)- features the story of Jacob’s dream and Jacob’s ladder, Jacob’s first encounter with Rachel at the well, and his marriage with her and with her sister Leah after being cheated by their father Laban. Our discussion focuses, among other things, on the objectification of women – and men – in this parsha.



Previous Torah Talks on Vayetze

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch

Rabbi Moshe Davis

Rabbi Jay Kornsgold

Rabbi Mark Elber