Love of the Land

For the week ending 13 March 2004 / 20 Adar I 5764

Rechovot Room for All

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

The name Rechovot was originally given to a well dug by the servants of the Patriarch Yitzchak.

It was only after two bitter disputes between these servants and the Philistines in whose territory they dwelled over ownership of two other wells that a third well was not contested. Yitzchak called it Rechovot (expanses) as an expression of gratitude to "G-d Who has made room for us" and Polish settlers in 1890 adopted it for the city that they founded.

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