Sefer Bamidbar begins with a description of the tribal encampments, each tribe with a standard. Ibn Ezra connects the tribal images with a mystical vision.
God gives Moses a mission – save the Israelites from slavery. When Moses worries about his speaking ability, God gives him a spokesman, his brother Aaron.
Jacob wrestles an angel. For what purpose? And why does seeing Esau’s face when they finally meet remind him of that angelic encounter?
It is time to aspire to change for the better. It is time for us to be reborn along with this new year. It is time to ask for help.
Jacob, returning home after twenty years in Haran, hears his brother Esau is approaching with 400 men. Frightened, he quickly…