17 November 2019

The Wells of Our Avos: Avraham, Yitzchak, Yaakov

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz discussed possibilities for increased cooperation with with the United States on environmental issues, especially in the field of water, during a Sunday meeting with Administrator Andrew Wheeler of the Environmental Protection Agency. Israel's embassy in the US specifically mention the reuse of waterarutzsheva

[Do you see what these bottles say?] 
"Sequence of reclamation from left: 
raw sewage, plant effluent, and finally reclaimed water 
(after several treatment steps)”
[I hope this is not the cooperation]

Wikipedia offers this: Reclaimed or recycled water (also called wastewater reuse or water reclamation) is the process of converting wastewater into water that can be reused for other purposes. Reuse may include irrigation of gardens and agricultural fields or replenishing surface water and groundwater (i.e., groundwater recharge). Reused water may also be directed toward fulfilling certain needs in residences (e.g. toilet flushing), businesses, and industry, and could even be treated to reach drinking water standards. This last option is called either "direct potable reuse" or "indirect potable" reuse, depending on the approach used. Colloquially, the term "toilet to tap" also refers to potable reuse. ["this last option”  falls under the Agenda 2030 guidelines, which I imagine Israel has signed on to; a "terrible option”] G–d forbid.

Unless this discussion is to learn about how Israel, living in an arid area, uses and reuses its water, being the best in conservationist methodology that has been exported all over the world to help peoples to farm and provide drinking and bathing water? 

But they both should be aware of renewable “primary water”:

The term Primary Water was coined by the late Dr. Stephen Riess, the geophysicist who independently discovered its existence and pioneered its development, beginning in the 1930s until his death in December 1985. “My discovery was put to a field test by locating and drilling many wells. The records to date from these tests is 70 producing wells out of 72 attempts, all drilled in hard rock, all located in distressed areas generally considered unproductive.” (Dr. Stephen Riess, 1954)

Primary water is a little known renewable resource that originates deep within the earth. When conditions are right, oxygen combines with hydrogen to make new water. This water is constantly being pushed up toward the surface under great pressure. The water finds its way towards the surface through fissures or faults. Depending on the geology, primary water can be accessed close to the surface, or even flow out as a spring. Primary water has never been a part of the hydrologic cycle until it finally arrives at the surface. Traditional hydrologic cycle water is finite and volumes fluctuate relative to available rain and snowmelt. Primary water is renewable and plentiful regardless of the weather.  See Primary Water Institute and Primary Water

Perhaps this primary water is what we read in connection with our Avos in Sefer Bereshis (Parshios Toldos and Vayeitzei)

Avraham Avinu dug wells,
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Wikipedia says: According to the bible [Torah], Abraham’s well was seized by Abimelech’s men (Genesis 21:25), and Isaac’s servants dug a well at Beer-sheba [see ancient photo] also (Genesis 26:25). The well is near the Old city of Beer Sheva and Nahal Beer Sheva on the road to Eilat. It was identified in the 19th century by Edward Robinson in 1838.  In 1897, a local sheikh built a modern structure above the well.
These wells are some distance apart; they are circular, and stoned up with solid masonry. The larger one is twelve and a half feet in diameter and forty-four and a half feet deep to the surface of the water, sixteen feet of which, at the bottom, is excavated in the solid rock. The other well lies fifty-five rods W.S.W., and is five feet in diameter and forty-two feet deep. The water in both is pure and sweet, and in great abundance; the finest, indeed, we had found since leaving Sinai... Here then is the place where the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob often dwelt! Here Abraham dug perhaps this very well; and journeyed from hence with Isaac to Mount Moriah, to offer him up there in sacrifice
It was described by Claude Reignier Conder in the late 19th century as follows:[3]
...the principal well, which is twelve feet three inches in diameter, and over forty-five feet deep, lined with rings of masonry to a depth of twenty-eight feet. A second well, five feet in diameter, exists about 300 yards to the west, and on the east is a third, which is dry, twenty-three feet deep, and nine feet two inches in diameter. The sides of all the wells are furrowed by the ropes of the water-drawers; but we made one discovery which was rather disappointing, namely, that the masonry is not very ancient. Fifteen courses down, on the south side of the large well, there is a stone with an inscription in Arabic, on a tablet dated, as well as I could make out, 505 A.H., or in the twelfth century. This stone must be at least as old as those at the mouth, which are furrowed with more than a hundred channels by the ropes of seven centuries of water-drawers.
and Yitzchak Avinu re-dug those wells.

And Yitzhak dug again the wells of water, which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. And Yitzhak’s servants dug in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. And the herdsmen of Gerar did strive with Yitzhak’s herdsmen, saying, The water is ours; and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. And they dug another well, and strove for that also; and he called the name of it Sitnah. And he moved from there, and dug another well; and for that they strove not; and he called the name of it Rehovot; and he said, For now Hashem has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. (Bereshis 26:15-22)

And Yaakov Avinu met his beloved Rachel at a Well

Jacob’s Well:
Wikipedia:  Be'er Yaaqov; also known as Jacob's fountain (and Well of Sychar) is a deep well hewn of solid rock that has been associated in religious tradition with Jacob for roughly two millennia. It is situated a short distance from the archaeological site of Tell Balata, which is thought to be the site of biblical Shechem. The well currently lies within the complex of an Eastern Orthodox monastery of the same name, in the city of Nablus in the West Bank [in Shechem is also where Yaakov’s son Yosef is buried].

"Jacobs Well at Shechem April 17th 1839”
A painting by David Roberts



4 comments:

moshe said...

Leave it up to Israel to think of such a disgusting way of getting usable and drinkable water. By 2030, please H', Moshiach Tzdkeinu will have come! How much lower can the State allow itself to be sunk;they have, r'l, allowed the immorality, the Shabbat desecration, the allowing of davar acher to be sold, they have allowed the giving and selling of Land to non-Jews, and they now allow missionizing to go on, etc., etc. There is only so much H' will allow until He unleashes all of His Wrath. May H' have mercy and deliver us from all this evil and bring the Light to us and the world.

Neshama said...

Moshe, in all fairness, I did pose the idea that America needs help with their flooding and drought problems. That will reduce their food sources drastically. But that’s too good to believe. Agenda 2030 is a WORLDWIDE diabolical plan.

Neshama said...

BTW, Israel did not dream up this approach. It is most likely imposed on them by the UNAgenda. Why the US is conferring with Israel on water is a big question. Maybe it has to do with Jordan and the “US Peace Plan” which I believe is being slowly imposed on Israel even before presenting it to the world.

That might also be the reason why Netanyahu didn’t oppose giving (away) the “land” to Jordan that was under the 25 year so-called rental agreement. It looks that was also part of the USPP. I believe that Land belongs to Israel as part of the Balfour agmt.

Hopefully we will find out eventually.

moshe said...

These are truly trying times. H' yerachem! BTW, all of Yarden belongs to E.Y.
Please H' - Moshiach NOW!