VAYISHLACH (Genesis, 32:4-36:43) — “Name that Angel”

…What is in a name? Our Sages tell us that there is great spiritual significance in the name that is given to a person. When G-d created the world, He brought all the animals to Adam, who gave them names, each of which summarized what that animal was all about. He even named himself. He called himself “Adam”because he had been fashioned from the Earth (“Adamah” in Hebrew), reminding himself that despite his potential for spiritual greatness, there is an “earthy” tendency in man that can bring him down. He also named G-d “Adon“, which means, “Master.”

… What does “Yisrael” mean? …

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Additional messages from previous years:

“Straight Pins and Paszkes” (2009)

“Way to Go, Joe! (Lieberman)” (2003)

“The Inferior Decorator”,or,”Stay Out Of My Bedroom!”(2002) 

“All or Nothing?” (2001) 

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