The Challenge of Becoming Israel
Seven weeks after the fall holidays have ended this week’s Torah reading, Vayishlach, offers us a path back into the work of teshuva. Teshuvah is an ongoing process that the High Holy Days prepare us for, but do not complete. Confronting the darkness, alone in the night, is the difficult but essential work each of us must do who claim the name Israel. We must grapple with our own darkness, with what, like the angel in the night, is just beyond our consciousness.
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