Wrestling with an Angel

Jeremy D Stern (jddrummer@juno.com)
Thu, 03 Jul 1997 20:29:33 EDT

Laura Elizabeth Adelman asked:
<< Which patriarch wrestled with the angle (Gabriel?) in order to receive
his blessing? This came up in a class I am taking and I have been reading
Genesis over and over and don't see any reference to Issac, Jacob or Joseph
doing this, Help! I have class again on June 26 and I'd like to help
clarify this. >>

The three Patriarchs are Avraham/Abraham, Yitzchak/Isaac, and Yaakov/Jacob.
It is Jacob who wrestled with the angel Gavriel/Gabriel (According to some,
it was the "sar," the protecting angel, of the Edomites). This event took
place in Parashat Vayishlach, Bereisheet/Genesis 32:25-30.