And Isaac’s servants….

Rabbenu Bechaye Bereshit 26:19 “And Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and they found there a well of living waters.” (Bereshit 26:19) The Ramban explains this, saying: the Torah describes the story of these wells at length not in order that we benefit so much from it, or that it reflects such glory on Yitzchak, but rather because the story is hinting at the future. The ‘well of living waters’ is a hint to the first Holy Temple, as it is written “…the source of living waters, the Lord.” (Yirmiyahu 17:13) They called the first well ‘Esek’ (Bereshit 26:20) as a hint to the first Temple when they contended (nitasku) with us and started many arguments and wars until they finally destroyed it. The second well was called ‘Sitnah’ (Bereshit 26:21) which is an even harsher name than the first as a hint to the second Temple, of which it is written “And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, they wrote an accusation (sitnah) against the dwellers of Judea and Jerusalem.” (Ezra 4:6) As long as it stood they stood as accusers against us until they destroyed it and banished us into this awful exile. The name of this second well should arouse a reaction in you, because the Accuser (satan) is found there and he is the guardian angel of Esau who raises accusations against us continually. He called the name of the third well, may it be built speedily in our day, ‘Rechovot.’ It says “And he moved away from there…” (Bereshit 26:23), meaning that he detached his conception from the second Temple and focused it on the construction of the third Temple. This is why it says “…and he dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehovoth…” (ibid.) because it is written of the future third Temple “And it became wider and it wound higher and higher…” (Yechezkel 41:7) and it will be built without struggle or conflict. And the Holy One will broaden our boundaries, as it says “When the Lord, your God, expands your boundary, as He has spoken to you…” (Devarim 12:20) which is speaking of the future. Up to here are the words of the Ramban. The fact that it mentions G-d’s name in reference to the third House, but not in connection with the first two, is perhaps because they were buildings of flesh and blood made by Shlomo and Cyrus. But the third will be an act of G-d, a heavenly construction which will never be destroyed and that is which G-d’s name is mentioned in connection with it. I found a midrash which supports this idea. Our Sages asked on the verse “And David conquered the stronghold of Zion which is the city of David.” (Shmuel II 5:7) why was that place called by the name of flesh and blood? Since it was known and revealed before the King, king of kings the Holy One blessed be He that flesh and blood would build it and flesh and blood would destroy it, therefore it was called by the name of flesh and blood. But, in the time to come it will be called by His name, as it says “And the children of your oppressors shall go to you bent over, and those who despised you shall prostrate themselves at the soles of your feet, and they shall call you ‘the city of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.’” (Yeshayahu 60:14)


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Was the victim of Human Rights Abuses (e.g. Hummasti v Bell, 98-3651-JTC) while a patient in the custody of the US Attorney General and hospitalized under 18 USC 4241 through 4244, et seq.! Interests: Biblical Studies, Talmudic Studies, Dead Sea (Yam Melek [Sea of Kings Soferim]) Scrolls, Scribal (Stam Sofer) Traditions, Cantorial (Hazzan) Psalms (Tehillim). Illustrated Calligraphy (e.g. Ketuvim [Jewish Marriage Contracts], Poetry). Self Published Manuscripts and Screen Plays at yhummastiscribd web site:
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