Living with Struggle

פרשת וישלח
testimonial placeholder
Written by:
Mrs. Norma Mintz
Access editable doc with student handouts:

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

25 And Yaakov was left alone; and there he wrestled with a man until the break of day.

26 And when he saw that he could not prevail against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Yaakov's thigh was strained, as he wrestled with him.

27 And he said: 'Let me go, for the day breaks.' And he said: 'I will not let you go, unless you bless me.ed with him.

28 And he said unto him: 'What is your name?' And he said: 'Yaakov.’

29 And he said: 'Your name shall not be called Yaakov anymore, but Yisrael; for you have struggled with God and with men, and you have prevailed.'

30 And Yaakov asked him, and said: 'Tell me, I pray you, your name.' And he said: Why is it that you ask for my name?' And he blessed him there.

31 And Yaakov called the name of the place Peniel: 'for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.'

כה  וַיִּוָּתֵר יַעֲקֹב, לְבַדּוֹ; וַיֵּאָבֵק אִישׁ עִמּוֹ עַד עֲלוֹת הַשָּׁחַר.

כו  וַיַּרְא, כִּי לֹא יָכֹל לוֹ, וַיִּגַּע, בְּכַף-יְרֵכוֹ; וַתֵּקַע כַּף-יֶרֶךְ יַעֲקֹב, בְּהֵאָבְקוֹ עִמּוֹ.

כז  וַיֹּאמֶר שַׁלְּחֵנִי, כִּי עָלָה הַשָּׁחַר; וַיֹּאמֶר לֹא אֲשַׁלֵּחֲךָ, כִּי אִם-בֵּרַכְתָּנִי

כח  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו, מַה-שְּׁמֶךָ; וַיֹּאמֶר, יַעֲקֹב.

כט  וַיֹּאמֶר, לֹא יַעֲקֹב יֵאָמֵר עוֹד שִׁמְךָ--כִּי, אִם-יִשְׂרָאֵל:  כִּי-שָׂרִיתָ עִם-אֱלֹקים  וְעִם-אֲנָשִׁים, וַתּוּכָל.

ל  וַיִּשְׁאַל יַעֲקֹב, וַיֹּאמֶר הַגִּידָה-נָּא שְׁמֶךָ, וַיֹּאמֶר, לָמָּה זֶּה תִּשְׁאַל לִשְׁמִי; וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתוֹ, שָׁם.

לא  וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב שֵׁם הַמָּקוֹם, פְּנִיאֵל:  כִּי-רָאִיתִי אֱלֹקים פָּנִים אֶל-פָּנִים, וַתִּנָּצֵל נַפְשִׁי.

  1. Looking at this story from the parsha, there are many things that are unclear. What are some questions you have?
  2. Consider passuk 29 in particular, when Yaakov’s name is changed. Think about Yaakov’s life. When do you think he struggled with men? When do you think he struggled with God?
  3. Pair in a chevruta: When did you struggle with “men?” When did you struggle with God? 
  4. The “Ish” seems to feel these struggles changed the essence of Yaakov, as he changes his name as a result. How have your struggles changed you?
  5. Back as a group: Each chevruta should tell the group how you feel that struggles have changed you.

Notes to the teacher

  • This is the place to make suggestions to the teacher of different ways they may choose to facilitate this limmud
  • Or particular grade levels or sensitivities to take into account
  • Or anything else you think is important for the teacher to know

עבודת המורה

  • This is the place to raise some questions that make sure the teacher tests the limmud on themselves or others
  • Could be a general question like - which part of the limmud resonated most for you? Which question was the hardest for you to answer?
  • Or questions anticipating students’ responses- What do you think students will say for X or Y? To what extent are you open to being surprised?
Download with student handouts:
Please help others by sharing how you used the resource, how you adapted it (link to your own version!) and what worked more or less well. You can also post questions that Lifnai Vlifnim staff or community members will try to respond to.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletter