Jacob Wrestling With G-d



What is the significance if any of G-d touching Jacob’s thigh?





  1. The Rabbis explain that the thigh is the part of the leg that allows a person to walk forwards. It also connects the lower part of the body – the part that moves – to the torso. In effect, the angel was trying to stop Jacob from being able to move forwards – not just in physical terms but, more importantly, in spiritual terms. The Sages teach that that angel was the guardian angel of Esau and it is the symbol of the Evil Inclination. They describe the confrontation between the two as being the battle between evilness and goodness and that it why they continue to fight until the “sun rises”, i.e. until their is clarity and recognition of God in this world.

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