Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
Does the Name "Yisrael" (Israel) Come From?
know that Israel is the country where the Jews live.
It is the country that we lived in up until about
2,000 years ago, and the country that we live in again
where does this word "Yisrael" or
"Israel" come from?
The answer is in this week's Parashah - Vayishlach.
Vayishlach begins with the story of the adult Jacob as he is
going to meet his brother Esav.
He is very afraid that Esav and his men will attack
him and prepares to provide gifts to make sure that his
brother will not be angry.
Before the two brothers meet, Jacob rests for the
night and wrestles with an angel. We pick up the story here:
Then he [the angel] said, "Let me go, for dawn has
broken." And he said, "I will not let you go
unless you bless me.":
He said to him, "What is your name?" He replied,
He said, "No longer will it be said that your name is
Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with the Divine and
with man and have overcome.":
leads to a question? What
was different - merely that Jacob/Israel had wrestled with
an angel and won? No - these is considerably more to the story than that.
If we go
back to when Esav and Jacob were born, we see that they were
twins and that Esav was the first-born and that Jacob was
born after holding onto Esav's heel.
The word Yaakov (Jacob) signifies this - that Jacob
was holding onto his brother's heel and was a follower.
Just like Avraham Avinu (our Father Abraham) had to
endure tests and trials, so do his son, Yitzchak (Isaac),
and grandson Yaakov. One
of Yaakov's tests was this wrestling with the angel.
By winning in this struggle, he became entitled to be
the father of a nation - Klal Yisrael - the Nation of
longer was Yaakov a follower.
Now he was Yisrael - the father of the Twelve Tribes
is where the name Yisrael comes from.
Mazor Guides: Wealth of Information and Resources
Copyright 1998-2013 MazorNet, Inc.
http://www.mazordirectory.com | http://www.GoToTheExpert.com | http://www.MazorGuide.com
http://www.getorganized-today.com | http://www.MagneticRx.com | http://www.Mazorcondos.com