Sivan Rahav Meir
Sivan Rahav Meir

Re-digging the wells

Hundreds of fire kites have been sent out from Gaza. Thousands of green acres have been burned. Such a primitive kind of terror, yet so annoying and painful.

Already in the Book of Genesis, the following verse appears, about Yitzchak Avinu (Isaac our forefather): “Now all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.” That is, someone had already bothered and dug wells, and wells of living water bring a blessing to the entire region — everyone can drink from them. So why block them and fill them with earth? Why burn fields that someone planted and irrigated? After all, those who destroy a well, a forest or a road — pollute the environment and hurt themselves and their own land too (only last week, Gaza residents fired mortar shells towards Israel, and hit the power station that provides power to them in Gaza).

*Rabbi David Kimchi,* known as the RADAK, wrote some 800 years ago about what the Philistines thought for themselves: “For they said: ‘He won’t have them, and we won’t have them.'” That is, we do not mind getting hurt, as long as we hurt you too. Unfortunately, this mindset of not wanting to flourish together in this region lasts until today. Our answer to it appears in this week’s portion: “The land is an exceedingly good land,” the portion states, and reminds us that this is “a land flowing with milk and honey.” This is an optimistic, constructive answer, full of devotion and determination to build and develop the land out of the destruction. The verses tell how Yitzchak Avinu re-dug all of the blocked wells, so that water would be drawn from them once again. So too do Israeli farmers of the Gaza periphery recently rise every morning and think how to turn that dark-black into green again.

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Sivan Rahav Meir is an Israeli television and print journalist, author and radio and TV host.
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