“וַיִּוָּתֵר יַעֲקֹב לְבַדּוֹ וַיֵּאָבֵק אִישׁ עִמּוֹ עַד עֲלוֹת הַשָּׁחַר”
“Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.”
Jacob fought with the angel of the other side at night time when the side of judgment has more power. Night time is the aspect of darkness and exile that the other-side force on the Israelites. When the sun started to come up Jacob felt that the power of the ‘man’ weakened and Jacob could control him. At that time he also notices that the man was an angel, the minister of Esau, his brother.
After this fight Jacob received a new additional name, Israel. We are the Israelites, the children of Israel, who is Jacob. While we are in our exile, meaning far from the Light and in the darkness of Malchut, we are weak and the other-side can have control over us. When we bring the Light, using the Zohar and the spiritual tools of connection to climb the Sefirot from Malchut to Binah, we can push away the darkness and enjoy the power that comes with the Light we connect to.
The world around us is very dark these days. Evil spreads everywhere in levels never seen in this world. The forces of the other-side openly work to create chaos and destruction. We pray and hope that God will stop the world falling into complete darkness. In the meantime, we must connect ourselves to the light of the Zohar for our own protection, pushing away the darkness and keep us safe. When the day breaks, the Light will force the evil out of this world and we can let go of the fight.
“וַיֹּאמֶר שַׁלְּחֵנִי, כִּי עָלָה הַשָּׁחַר; וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא אֲשַׁלֵּחֲךָ, כִּי אִם-בֵּרַכְתָּנִי”
“Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.””
When the angel saw the break of morning, he asked Jacob to let him go. Jacob that realized that he has angel under his control, said that he will let him go only if he is blessed by him.
“בְּרָן יַחַד כּוֹכְבֵי בֹקֶר וַיָּרִיעוּ כָּל בְּנֵי אֱלֹהִים”
“When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
Jacob felt the power of the light with him and took advantage to ask the minister of Esau special request.
Explanation in the next DZ
Daily Zohar # 2711 – Tazria – Fight until dawn