Life is never simple, and the struggle to overcome fear and be a better person is a continuing journey of wrestling so that holy Light may prevail. We see that clearly in this week’s Torah portion, Vayishlach.
How many of us have a Hebrew name somewhere in our family line like Avraham, Sarah, Yitzchak (Isaac), Rivkah (Rebecca), or Ya’akov (Jacob)? This week’s Torah portion, Toldot, continues the formative lineage of the Jewish people, with G!d’s granting of blessings to Yitzchak.
What kind of light was this that our Creator brought forth on the first day, before the sun was created? That primordial light is the light that permeates all creation, that enlivens the cells in our bodies, gives us the “enlightenment” of consciousness, motivates us to do good, and fills our hearts with love.