Vayislach – Torah In Haiku

VAYISHLACH (וישלח)

My-Name-Is-Yisrael1
MY NAME IS JACOB …
BUT THE STRANGE MAN, HE TELLS ME …
MY NAME’S ISRAEL —

שמי יעקב
אבל האיש אומר לי
שמי ישראל

After they wrestle, the anonymous stranger tells Jacob, “Your name will no longer be said to be Jacob, but Israel” (Gen 32:39). However, as we continue to read about our Patriarch in Torah we will find that both names are used – sometimes in a single verse.

Whatever name is used in later chapters, this moment is a turning point in Jacob’s life.

Hebrew Transliterated:
Sh’mi Yaakov
Aval ha’ish omer li
Sh’mi Yisrael

I used איש (man) in the Hebrew because that’s the word used in Torah. But because we aren’t sure who it is he’s often referred to as a stranger, which I incorporated into the English.

Ed Nickow | The Torah In Haiku

 

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