Isaac dug anew the wells which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham’s death; and he gave them the same names that his father had given them.
These 3 wells corresponds to the 3 Temples.
The wells were named:
1. Esek: which means contention/challenge. It corresponds to the first Temple that was built by King Solomon and destroyed by Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. The destruction of the Temple presented one of the greatest challenges to the Jewish people.
2. Sitnah: which means, sinat chinam or “towards Satan.” It corresponds to the inner fighting among the Jewish people which caused the destruction of the second Temple that was built by Ezra and destroyed by the Romans.
3. Rechovot: which means, spacious. It corresponds to the future eternal Temple, to be built by the Messiah.
(Ramban, Toledot Yitzchak, Kli Yakar)
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