A Bissel to Nibble – Shabbat Vayishlach

 A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Parsha by Rabbi Mark

*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish.  Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel, would you, darling?” A biselleh is even less.

Parshat Vayishlach

Among other events in this week’s torah portion, Jacob wrestles with a mysterious, divine being.  He is triumphant, other than coming away with a limp, as he acquires the new name, which is also our name, “Yisrael, Israel.”

In my reading, it is his act of wrestling with something larger than himself, which brings him closure and transformation.

What are you wrestling with now?
How can you achieve closure and transformation?

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Mark Melamut

About Gabriele Lange

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