Vayishlach – Rising Above Angels

How can we understand the contrast between when Jacob returns to Israel and battles with the angel, as opposed to when he left Israel and just passively observed them climbing and descending the ladder? What is the depth of the idea of the name of Esav’s angel, which denotes ‘blinding?’ Why does Jacob have all these traumatic experiences on his return to Israel? Why is the battle with the angel in the center of the description of his encounter with Esav – before he even meets him? Why did Jacob ‘remain behind by himself?’ Why did this bring about the struggle with the angel? What is the meaning of the midrash’s statement that ‘all the Hashem will do in the future, the righteous do in this world?’

Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.

Running time: 24:44

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