Friday, November 21, 2014

Text message Parashat Toldot

Parashat Toldot (Generations)

"And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father. For the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham. And he called their names after the names by which his father had called them."
Many people will read this verse and interpret that Isaac only repeated what others did. His only virtue is to do again what Abraham did. No creativity, just repetitiveness.
I see that verse in a completely different way. Only through Isaac can we learn about Abraham digging many wells (in plural); otherwise, there is no mention in the Torah about that.  If Isaac didn't dig the same wells, we would have completely missed that story.
Learning through you what others did has double merit, educating and honoring others as well.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L

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