The wounded hip of Jacob (Genesis 32)

Jacob received the name “Israel” because he wrested in the night with God (an angel of God, cf. Hosea 12:4). As the sun began to rise, the angelic being touched the sinew of his thigh (גיד הנשה). This “touch” crippled Jacob and he apparently walked with a limp for the rest of his life. Jacob’s miraculous wound is the etiological reason for why Israelites do not eat the meat around the sciatic nerve on any animal.

Comments Policy: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic. If your comment contains a hyperlink to another site, your comment automatically goes into "Comments Purgatory" where it waits for release by way of moderation.