In life we all have are struggles. Some are harder then others, some leave us scared, damaged. Yet we manage to some how pull through, despite the physical or emotional damage, we come out "whole".
I know, it seems to be a contradiction. Damaged but whole? How can this be. In the bible section this week', our forefather Jacob shows us how this can be.
Jacob's struggle with Esau's angel represents the physical suffering of (exile). When the angel of Esau injured Jacob's hip-joint, he injured his righteous descendants.
In the words of our Sages, this refers to the cruel tortures inflicted by the Romans in (1st and 2nd century CE) in their effort to eradicate the faith of Israel.
There were other generations in which the same and worse was done to us. We suffered all this and persevered, as alluded to by the verse, "And Jacob arrived, whole. (33:18)".
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