“וַיִּוָּתֵר יַעֲקֹב, לְבַדּוֹ; וַיֵּאָבֵק אִישׁ עִמּוֹ, עַד עֲלוֹת הַשָּׁחַר.”
“And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.”
The Zohar asks the question why the verse says that Jacob was left alone when previously he was connected to the Shechinah and all his angels. Rabbi Yehuda explains that Jacob put himself in danger because he was alone at night and could see the danger. The angels come to protect from unseen danger.
Jacob was aware of the danger before he got himself into it.
“קָטֹנְתִּי מִכֹּל הַחֲסָדִים, וּמִכָּל-הָאֱמֶת, אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָ, אֶת-עַבְדֶּךָ: כִּי בְמַקְלִי, עָבַרְתִּי אֶת-הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה, וְעַתָּה הָיִיתִי, לִשְׁנֵי מַחֲנוֹת”
“I am unworthy (smaller) of all the loving kindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps.”
God gave the angels permission to leave Jacob alone, giving him opportunity to control the angel of Esau that represents the negative side. Esau was on his way to kill Jacob. The best protection Jacob could have was by dominating Esau’s angel. The battle was planned and supported by God.
One lesson from this Zohar is that we should not walk alone at night. The negative side is free to roam and we could be a target. Jacob may had nothing to worry about but we do.
Continued in the next DZ