What does the Lion King have to do with Esau’s behavior in this week’s Torah portion?
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Rabbi Danny Burkeman was born and raised in London, England. As a teenager he was active in the British Reform Jewish-Zionist youth movement RSY-Netzer, spending a year with them in Israel before attending Cambridge University, where he received a BA in History and Theology. Following university he worked as an educator in the British Jewish community and studied for his Masters in Jewish Christian relations (which he completed in 2008).Rabbi Danny’s rabbinical training had an international feel to it, with a year at Leo Baeck College, in London, a year at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Jerusalem, and three years at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles. While in Israel he met Micol Zimmerman (an American Jewish education student) and they were married two weeks before his ordination in May 2009.Following ordination, Rabbi Danny and Micol moved back to London where he became an Associate Rabbi at West London Synagogue (Britain’s oldest Reform congregation). There Rabbi Danny fulfilled a variety of roles as part of the clergy team. He expanded their young adult provision, establishing a series of new programs and a young adult group, which received coverage in the British Jewish press. He also led the development of the Synagogue’s online presence through Twitter and Facebook, setting them up to broadcast services on the internet.Rabbi Danny is currently the Vice-President of Arzenu (the International Federation of Reform and Progressive Religious Zionists) and is a member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism Executive Board, attending and presenting at their conferences, most recently in San Francisco in 2010. He enjoys writing, and has been published in several European journals, the book A Passion for Judaism, and in The Jewish News of England (a weekly national newspaper) for which he writes a regular column.