He named that site Beit El; but previously the name of the city had been Luz. (GENESIS 28:19)
When Jacob arrives in Beit El, the city near which his grandfather Abraham called out to God for the first time in the Land of Israel (Genesis 12:8), he recognizes it’s unique spiritual character. Beit El, which means, “the house of the Lord,” appears throughout the Bible as a special location for prayer. Just as a home protects its inhabitants from the physical elements, such as harsh weather conditions, “the house of the Lord” acts as a spiritual safe haven, protecting its inhabitants from both physical and spiritual danger.