Eretz Rechava - A Spacious Land
In the second blessing of our Grace After Meals, which expresses our gratitude to Heaven for the gift of Eretz Yisrael, we refer to it not only as a "desirable and good land" but also as a "spacious" one.
"Spacious" has both figurative and literal connotations. When the Torah relates the conflict between the shepherds of the Patriarch Yitzchak with the Philistines over ownership of two vital water sources it records in subtle, prophetic manner that there was no dispute over the third one uncovered by Yitzchak’s men and they named it "Rechovot". This term of spaciousness referred to the end of restrictive conflict, which not only made it possible for "us to be fruitful in the land" (Bereishet 25:22), but was also a hint to a time in the future when local conflicts with our neighbors and among ourselves would come to an end and allow us to multiply and prosper.