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      Judaism: The Temple Institute on Vayishlach

      Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:42 AM
      Dvar Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.

      Yaakov avinu's (our forefather Jacob's) midnight encounter with a mysterious angel raises questions:

      Who was this angel, what was his purpose, and by what name was he known?

      Yaakov overcomes the angel, and by doing so gains insight into all these questions.

      He also acquires for himself a new name, a new identity, and a new role to play in establishing the Divine presence here on this earth.