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Teachings from Rabbi David Levine and Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue in Jacksonville, Florida.

Israel, The God-Wrestler

November 23, 2007

Rabbi David Levine

Parsha: VaYishlach

Genesis 32:3-36:43

Jacob wrestles with a mysterious one, and has his name changed to Israel, which means both "God-wrestler" and "God Rules." Jacob says afterwards he saw God and lived, a declaration of great import and power because it helps prepare us for accepting that God can come to earth in many forms, including that of a man. Rabbi David discusses how the those of us today who are dedicated to the God of Israel will also have to wrestle with him in their own ways.