Weekly Torah portion: Vayishlach

Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.

Tags: Temple Mount
Rabbi Chaim Richman

Judaism Rabbi Chaim Richman
Rabbi Chaim Richman

When Yaakov is about to reenter the land of Israel he has a nighttime encounter with a mysterious stranger, an angel to be precise, whose identity is shrouded in the very dust their struggle kicks up.

But it is not the identity of the angel that we need to know, but the identity of Yaakov/Yisrael, that is of import to us, and our own identities,

in the light of his eternal wrestlings with G-d and man: "Your name shall no longer be called Yaakov, but Israel, because you have commanding power with- G-d and with men, and you have prevailed."