Genesis 32- the story of Machanayim

Genesis 32 is a chapter with meetings angles in the beginning and in the end of the chapter. I would like to share with you my thoughts on the first meeting.

After Laban said goodbye to his daughters and his sons, (actually the sons of Jacob as Eben Ezra mentioned, but not to Jacob!)Jacob met angels and a new place was created – Machnayim, as written:

‎וְיַעֲקֹ֖ב הָלַ֣ךְ לְדַרְכּ֑וֹ וַיִּפְגְּעוּ־ב֖וֹ מַלְאֲכֵ֥י אֱלֹהִֽים׃
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יַעֲקֹב֙ כַּאֲשֶׁ֣ר רָאָ֔ם מַחֲנֵ֥ה אֱלֹהִ֖ים זֶ֑ה וַיִּקְרָ֛א שֵֽׁם־הַמָּק֥וֹם הַה֖וּא מַֽחֲנָֽיִם׃ (פ)

“ And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.(Genesis 32:1-2- MT 32:2-3).

It seems to be that the life of Jacob after he ran away from the hands of his brother Esau is with angles that protected him. Rashi mentioned that the reason that the place is called Machanayim is since there were two groups of angels- those who walked with him to the Promised Land from Charan , and those that entered with him to the land of Canaan (according to Genesis Rabbah there were 1200000 angels!)

For me this word is the sign for the two sides in the heart of Jacob- the camp (machaneh in Hebrew) of cheating and running away and the camp of being straight and peaceful man.

What do you think dear friends?

Have a nice day, Eli


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