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    Vision, hard work & patience – Tol’dot

    Isaac and the wells, from a 1906 Bible card

    The Torah reading narrates how the local tribes bitterly resisted the Hebrews.

    Every time that Isaac tried to find water the tribesmen filled the wells with sand. The water would have brought benefit to everyone in the locality but that was too logical for the Gerar tribesmen.

    No wonder Isaac called one well Esek – Contention – and another Sitnah – Enmity.

    Isaac never gave in. Finally there came a day when the tribesmen realised what benefits Isaac would bring them as well as himself and his family.

    Now Isaac was able to dig a well without opposition and call it Rechovot, “space”, because at last the family could develop the area.

    The story shows that vision, hard work and patience pay dividends.

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