Parshat Vayishlach Ch 32 - V 24 - 26
Today we came to the line וַיִּוָּתֵ֥ר יַֽעֲקֹ֖ב לְבַדּ֑וֹ וַיֵּֽאָבֵ֥ק אִישׁ֙ עִמּ֔וֹ עַ֖ד עֲל֥וֹת הַשָּֽׁחַ And Yaakov was alone!!! It is such a powerful transition in his story. Yaakov is very occupied preparing for and then visiting Esav, all the emotion and work that went into making this a success. And then he crosses the Jabbok ford with his family and possessions when suddenly Torah says something that seems to be a break in the trajectory of this story, it says " Yaakov was alone"! ...and "a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn". So much to learn over here about our own "aloneness". What happens when we are alone, and the yetzer hara comes immediately to wrestle with us? When we don't see it coming, where do we go for our source of power? What a powerful lesson from our Avos Yaakov. He wrestled (in the night) until the dawn (break of light). Yaakov's story strengthens us and infuses within us a constant strength that no matter what, Hashem is our power! That no matter who, where or when we are weakened or attacked, that our source to overcome & persevere is Hashem and that BH!, the sun will always shine for us, Klal Yisroel.
Raize also speaks about Chapter 4:1 of Pirkei Avos. “Ben Zoma says: Who is wise? He who learns from every person ... Who is strong? He who subdues his inclination ... Who is rich? He who is content with his lot ... Who is honored? He who honors others.”