Artwork by Daniel Kabakoff
Vayishlach/Chapter 8 by Esther Cameron
Now Yakov on his journey of return
Had crossed the ford of Yabbok, and had brought
To the homeward side his goods, so dearly bought,
Only to be drawn back by the concern
For some small vessels which he had forgot
And liked not to abandon. Thus detained
By night came Esav’s angel to contend
With him, to snare his soul in fear and doubt.
But Yakov, fighting back, found power to bend
That strength to bless him at the close of night,
So that the strong arm was not raised to smite
The weak and lame by day. And in time’s end
Esav is bound to acknowledge Yakov’s right,
Raw force contained and harnessed to G-d’s light.