That same night he arose, and taking his two wives, his two maidservants, and his eleven children, he crossed the river of the Jabbok.
Yakov found himself alone because he had forgotten some oil flasks and went back to fetch them.
Some say that those flasks were extremely valuable as the oil was provided to him miraculously when he went to sleep on Mt. Moriah.
Yakov put around his head the stones and later the stones merged and became one large stone, which he set it up as a monument. He then miraculously found a bottle of oil to pour over the monument.
As he poured the oil, he saw that the flask was filling up again automatically! He realized that the oil contained supernatural powers and would eventually be used to anoint the Tabernacle and is vessels, Aaron the priest, and his sons. Eliyahu would also use this flask and its oil to perform a miracle for the woman of Tzarepath, and Elisha would later do so for Ovadia’s wife.
(Chulin 91a, Meam Loez)
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