Parshat Vayishlach Ch 32 - V 26-29
Yaakov wrestled with the angel all night, which is amazing as he is human fighting a spiritual being. The Angel saw “that he was unable to defeat him”. He saw that Yaakov Avinu was so strong and so perfect that he could not affect him, but he could dislocate his hip.
In the morning, it seems the Angel is nervous and says, "Let me go, for dawn is breaking". Raize gives over that he was nervous, and had to go, because he had to sing for Hashem.
How did Yaakov get hurt when he was the victor? Raize gives over 3 possible answers.
The Angel changes Yaakov's name to Yisroel, which is derived from the word that means struggle and stand up and fight,
L'vado, Hebrew word in Torah that describes the sense of being alone. Yaakov’s state of being alone was that he was totally independent in his own Divine Service and did not need any support from others, and in this way, he resembled Hashem who is totally independent & alone in every way.
May we be zoche, to emulate Yaakov Avinu, in becoming ‘alone’, independent of others and spiritually strong individuals.
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