אבל האיש אומר לי
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.
Aval ha’ish omer li
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.