While living in Gerar, Yitzchak (Isaac) unearths the wells originally dug by his father Avraham and digs a few of his own. In reference to one of the wells, the passuk records “and he named it ‘shiva,’ and that is why the city is named Be’er Sheva until today” (26:33). Why does the Torah claim that Yitzchak named it Be’er Sheva when Avraham was the one who named it first (21:31)?

The Sforno and other commentaries explain that while Avraham named the place to commemorate his treaty with Avimelech, Yitzchak rededicated that name and based it on the number of wells. While the concept of rededication makes sense, why does our passuk add the fact that its name is Be’er Sheva “until today”? One explanation could be that being consistent with the work of those before you allows those efforts to endure in perpetuity. In these turbulent and uncertain times, it is essential to focus on consistency and continuity in our efforts to build a better future.