I have been currently reading the Torah portion Vayishalah,Genesis 32:4-36:43. This is the portion where Jacob is soon to meet his estranged brother Esau, and he dreams of wrestling with a man/angel; the being tells Jacob, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with beings divine and human.” I have striven with some personal issues this year, which include my furnace breaking down on me during a terrible winter, and my electricity giving up on me. In both cases I had to upgrade to more up-to-date systems-I was thus forced into a more advanced system in each case. Sometimes you’re forced to take a step upwards, for your benefit. But I have striven with both issues, and I have come out on top. I hope everyone else overcomes their obstacles and moves upward and onward.