Daily Zohar # 3797 – Vayishlach – For you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed
Daily Zohar 3797
113. וּכְשֶׁרָאָה יַעֲקֹב כָּךְ כְּשֶׁעָלָה הַבֹּקֶר, הֶחֱזִיק [יַעֲקֹב] בּוֹ וְהִתְגַּבֵּר עָלָיו, עַד שֶׁהוּא בֵּרַךְ אוֹתוֹ וְהוֹדָה לוֹ עַל אוֹתָן בְּרָכוֹת, וְאָמַר לוֹ, לֹא יַעֲקֹב יֵאָמֵר עוֹד שִׁמְךָ כִּי אִם יִשְׂרָאֵל. לֹא יַעֲקֹב בַּעֲקִימוּת, אֶלָּא בְּגַאֲוָה וְכֹחַ, שֶׁאֵין מִי שֶׁיּוּכַל לְךָ.
114. וּבֹא וּרְאֵה, מֵהַנָּחָשׁ הַזֶּה כַּמָּה כֹחוֹת נִפְרָדִים לְכָל צַד וְנִמְצָאִים בָּעוֹלָם אֵצֶל בְּנֵי אָדָם, וְרוֹצִים לְקַיֵּם אוֹתוֹ גִּיד הַנָּשֶׁה. שֶׁאַף עַל גַּב שֶׁקָּרַב אֵלָיו אוֹתוֹ רוֹכֵב עַל נָחָשׁ, עוֹמֵד הוּא וְהִתְקַיֵּם בְּצוּרָה וְלֹא נִשְׁבָּר.
Continued from previous DZ
When the angel Sama-l saw that he couldn’t break the power of the Torah in Jacob, he chose to hurt his support, as previously explained. When no one is found to support the Torah scholars, the ‘voice of Jacob’ is gone, and the ‘hands of Esau’ get stronger.
When Jacob realized the angel’s action, he used the Light of the day that just came out to get stronger and take control over the angel. He didn’t release him until the angel blessed him.
“וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא יַעֲקֹב יֵאָמֵר עוֹד שִׁמְךָ כִּי אִם יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי שָׂרִיתָ עִם אֱלֹהִים וְעִם אֲנָשִׁים וַתּוּכָל.”
“And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
The angel changed Jacob’s name to Israel because the name Jacob implies deceit, as we read in Genesis 27:36, “Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times.”
The new name ‘Israel’ represents pride and strength as the angel explained, “for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
The force of the Snake spreads its armies to all sides to be among the people. They want to sustain the connection to the thigh tendon (גיד הנשה) because even though the ‘rider’ of the Snake, who is Sama-l, has the unbroken power over the thigh tendon. This tendon represents the black color and the day of the ninth of Av.
Overcoming the angel of the other side connected Jacob to the Tree of Life, center column, meriting the name Israel ישראל. It forms the words לי ראש that means, I have a head, revealing the connection of Zeir Anpin to the upper three Sefirot, the ‘head.’
Israel ישראל has the initials of the names of our fathers and mothers.
יצחק יעקב שרה רבקה רחל אברהם לאה
Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebbeca, Rachel, Abraham, and Leah.
Also, ישר אל, ‘Straight’ ‘God’ to tell that Israel has a direct connection to God.
Jacob fought the angel at the place called “מַעֲבַר יַבֹּק” “the ford of Jabbok.” The numerical value of “יַבֹּק” is 112, same as the numerical value of the names יהוה+אלהים YHVH+ ELHYM, (86+26=112). It represents Jacob’s work to unify the Left, ELHYM, Judgements with the Right, YHVH, Mercy.
Also, יש רלא, ‘there is 231, meaning there are 231 gates for Israel.
There are 22 letters in Hebrew, each pair is called ‘a gate’. (22×22 =484 – 22 twins (אא, בב…) = 462. (We dived by 2 to get unique pairs because אב = בא to get 231). The Hebrew letters create spiritual gates to the spiritual realm and the force of Creation. With these 231 pairs of letters, Kabbalists can create living beings but not speak humans. (For the curious of you, it requires a pure person, pure virgin soil, memorizing the 231 gates and repeating them in different directions several times. the fastest process would take at least 7 hours, and it must be uninterrupted. in such case the process need to be repeated.)