Friday, November 27, 2015

Vayishlach Text message

Parahsat Vayishlach (and Jacob sent)

In this section we find many interesting stories.
One of them is the story about Jacob wrestling with an angel.
Pop culture teaches us that there always (or almost always) should be a winner, and therefore… a loser.
The most popular American sports do not have the possibility of a tie.
In American Football (we can argue about this one, but it is really not common), Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis, Volleyball, etc. games there is always a winner and a loser.
What was the result of Jacobs wrestle with the angel? A tie.
Jacob got hurt, but also he got a blessing from the angel.
The Torah teaches us that a tie is also an option and I would like to add: “Be selective in your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right”.

In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L

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