Kenneth Cohen

Yitzchak’s Prophecy

Yitzchak Avinu had a major confrontation with Avimelech, regarding the wells that he dug. The Plishtim kept filling up his wells until Yitzchak rebuked Avimelech, and they ultimately made peace.

There were conflicts regarding the first and second well, but not the third. The Ramban said that this was a hint to the first and second Temples that would be built and destroyed. The third Temple would last forever.

It is interesting to note Yitzchak’s words when matters were settled. He called the third well, “Rechovot.” He said that now Hashem has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the Land.

This is a prophetic statement, for it implies that when Jews are living in Israel, their population will increase.

There is a little known Midrash related to Chanukah, that tells an incredible story. Among the decrees of the Greeks against the Jews, was that they did not allow Jewish women to go to the Mikva. They did not want the Jewish population to increase. A miracle occurred where every home had a Mikva appear in it. Yitzchak’s prophecy of being fruitful in the land, was coming true.

We fail to sometimes recognize and appreciate the miraculous times, that we are witnessing. The Jewish population in Israel was 600,000 in 1948, and today it is approaching seven million. This is further proof of Yitzchak’s prophecy, and an indication of how G-d is showering us with His blessings. We only need to open our eyes to appreciate it.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at