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    History & destiny – Tol’dot

    Isaac, from a 1906 Bible card

    Central to the reading this week is the story and personality of Isaac. The Torah (Gen. 26) tells us contradictory things about him.

    He became richer and richer, but presumably only because he took initiatives and start-ups. At the same time, if he wanted water supplies he went back to his father Abraham’s wells and dug again where his father had dug – no new initiatives, no start-ups, no originality.

    Life always has two aspects, history and destiny. The wise person knows how to intertwine them, learning from and where necessary preserving the ways of the past, but knowing that sometimes the past needs to be discarded and replaced with new visions and plans.

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