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    What was left behind? – Vayyishlach

    Jacob spent the night on his own and wrestled with “a man” until daybreak (Gen. 32:25). The commentators spend much time (and ink) trying to identify the man.

    Rashi raises an additional point: why was Jacob on his own? He says that Jacob had left his family and retraced his steps in order to collect the little jars he had forgotten.

    Were they jars of money? The likelihood is different, bearing in mind that Jacob was an intellectual more than a materialist.

    It could be that the jars were symbolic of the small details of his strategy. He needed quietness to re-think every part of his situation without disturbance or distractions.

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