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1. "And Jacob sent messengers"

Rabbi Yehuda begins with a discussion of the Good Inclination and the Evil Inclination, two angels that constantly abide by man. When man is virtuous, the Good Inclination gains dominion over the Evil Inclination, and the right side prevails over the left. Rabbi Elazar...
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2. "I have sojourned with Laban"

Rabbi Yehuda begins a discussion of Jacob's message to Esau, "I have sojourned with Laban" interpreting Jacob's words as threatening to Esau, who desired to destroy Jacob. There follows a discussion of Laban, the universally feared magician and sorcerer who was...
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3. The prayers of the righteous

The rabbis teach us that the combined prayers of the righteous are more powerful than those of any individual. Although Jacob was spiritually complete he embodied all three Columns he was afraid of Esau because he did not consider himself worthy of a miracle, and...
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4. "And Jacob was left alone"

Rabbi Chiya leads a discussion on the evil spirits that gain influence as a result of the diminution of the moon. These spirits assail people when they are sleeping since this is a time when the soul leaves the body and cause people to defile themselves. Thus, we...
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5. "And there wrestled a man with him"

Rabbi Shimon explains the difference between dust and earth. Dust is barren and less important than the earth, from which arises all the goodness of the world. When Rabbi Yehuda questions him about the meaning of the verse, "He raises the poor out of the dust" Rabbi...
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6. "Let me go, for the day breaks"

Rabbi Yehuda begins this discussion by quoting the verse, "who is she that looks out like the dawn" to describe the process of raising the children of Yisrael out of Exile. This redemption, we're told, shall be accomplished gradually, as an illumination that increases...
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7. The sinew of the vein

Rabbi Chiya opens a discussion on the significance of the sinew of Jacob's thigh, which we can now identify as the sciatic nerve. Had the sinew not failed Jacob on the night he struggled with Esau's minister, Jacob would have prevailed over Esau's power completely, both...
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8. "...and bowed to the ground"

Rabbi Elazar asks a question regarding the title verse and its implication that Jacob bowed to Esau, who was of the side of another god, This leads to a reinterpretation of the verse, revealing that Jacob actually offered praise to God when kneeling before Esau....
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9. "...and embraced him, and fell on his neck"

There are many methods by which Scripture conveys obscure allusions. Rabbi Yitzchak offers the example of the title verse in conjunction with "But the wicked are like the troubled sea." This, we learn, contains an indication that the seed of Esau would destroy one of...
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10. "Let my lord, I pray you, pass over before his servant"

Rabbi Elazar explains the title quotation as Jacob's wish to save his blessings for future generations in their struggle against the nations of the world. Jacob rejected partnership with Esau and accepted subjugation, we are told, knowing that in the World to Come, he...
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