hebrew
1)

When did Yitzchak re-dig the wells that the Plishtim had stopped-up before expelling him from Gerar?

1.

Rashi 1 : Before leaving Gerar. 2

2.

Ramban: These are different wells, located in a town called 'Nachal Gerar', where Yitzchak was now staying, not in Gerar, or in a section of the River of Gerar, far away from Gerar itself. This was not under the direct jurisdiction of the King of Plishtim, but under that of another king, whose subjects had stopped up the wells that Avraham had dug there - not out of hatred, but because Yitzchak moved from the area and there was nobody living there. These are the wells that Yitzchak now re-dug.


1

Refer to 26:15:2:1*.

2

The Ramban queries this however, inasmuch as the Plishtim would hardly have granted him permission to do so.

2)

Why did Yitzchak call the wells by the same name as his father?

1.

Rashbam: So that nobody would be able to claim that the wells belonged to them.

2.

Because he followed in the footsteps of his illustrious father and therefore merited Divine protection on his merit, too (though not on his own merit). 1


1

Refer to 26:5:2:1*

3)

רש"י: ופלשתים סתמום, מקודם שנסע יצחק מגרר: אולי סתמום אחרי שנסע?

1.

גור אריה: א"כ- כיצד קרא להם שמות אחרי שסתמום פלישתים?!

4)

רש"י: חזר וחפרן: אם סתמו מפני הגייסות כיצד הניחו לו לשוב ולחפור?

1.

גור אריה: עכשיו לא הייתה שעת מלחמה.

2.

גור אריה: יצחק סבר שהפלשתים העלילו שהם חוששים לגייסות מפני שקינאו בו, ובשעה שהוא הולך אין עוד קנאה.

3.

גור אריה: הבארות היו בנחל גרר ועתה שהוא חונה שם, אין לחשוש לגייסות.

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