Jacob was left alone and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn.
Clarification about yesterday's post: (Today's post below)
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.
The word "levado/alone" should be read as "lekado/for his jar". (Daat Zekenim)
After the Great Flood, the dove Noach sent out came back and brought back an olive branch, from which Noach made pure olive oil. That oil was given to Noach’s firstborn, Shem, who sealed it in a little jar and gave it to Avraham. Avraham, in turn, handed it over to Yitzchak, who passed it down to Yakov.
It is this same oil, Noach's oil, preserved in small flasks, that Yakov went to retrieve and hid at the future site of the Beit Hamikdash and in doing so, laid the foundations for the future miracle of Chanukah. (Imrei Noam in “Moadim” on Chanukah p.100-130, Pri Mayim Chaim in Shir L’Shlomo p.20-21)
The oil flask that the Chashmonaim’s found centuries later, was one of those flasks that Yakov went to retrieve. (Yam HaTalmud, in his introduction to Baba Kama quoting the Shach)
We can also find an allusion to this in the words “va'yivaser Yaakov levado/ Yaakov was left alone.” The word levado can also be read as a contraction of 2 words: “Yaakov was left, "le/to" and "bado/his bad”. A “bad” is an oil press. Another reference to the oil of Chanukah. (Megaleh Amukot on Vayishlach & Vaetchanan, Shlah on Vayeshev in Torah Ohr 12)
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