8. Rabbi Yitzchak rose one night to study Torah, while Rabbi Yehuda, who was in the city of Caesarea, also rose at the same hour TO STUDY TORAH. Rabbi Yehuda said, I will walk to Rabbi Yitzchak and study Torah together with him. He went with his son, Hezekiah, who was then a boy. When he approached the door, he heard Rabbi Yitzchak say, "And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that Elohim blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by Be'er Lachai Ro'i" (Beresheet 25:11). HE THEN RAISES A DIFFICULT ISSUE: In this verse, the beginning does not fit the end and the end does not fit the beginning; IT BEGINS WITH THE DEATH OF ABRAHAM AND ENDS WITH THE BLESSING OF ISAAC, AND THERE IS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN THESE EVENTS. HE THEN POSED ANOTHER DIFFICULT QUESTION, Why this change? Why should the Holy One, blessed be He, bless Isaac AND NOT ABRAHAM? HE ANSWERS, Since Abraham did not bless Isaac, HASHEM BLESSED HIM AFTER HE DIED. THIS IS THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE VERSE, "AND IT CAME TO PASS..." HE ASKS, Why did Abraham not bless him? AND HE REPLIED, So that Esau, HIS SON, would not be blessed with him - THAT IS, SO THAT ESAU WOULD NOT DRAW DOWN THE ILLUMINATION OF THE LEFT AS IS HIS UNHOLY WONT. Therefore these blessings passed to the Holy One, blessed be He, AND THE HOLY ONE, BLESSED BE HE, BLESSED ISAAC. Of the verse, "and Isaac dwelt at Be'er Lachai Ro'i," HE ASKS, What is the meaning of "Lachai Ro'I," AND ANSWERS that he was united with the Shechinah, as the Aramaic translation reads, "the well where the Angel of the Covenant was seen." THIS IS THE WELL, NAMELY, THE SHECHINAH, UPON WHICH THE ANGEL OF THE COVENANT, YESOD, WAS SEEN. Therefore He blessed him. BY THIS WE MAY UNDERSTAND THE CONNECTION OF THE THREE PARTS OF THIS VERSE, "AND IT CAME TO PASS AFTER THE DEATH OF ABRAHAM," WHO DID NOT BLESS ISAAC, "THAT ELOHIM BLESSED HIS SON ISAAC." WHY DID HE BLESS HIM? BECAUSE "ISAAC DWELT AT BE'ER LACHAI RO'I," FOR HE JOINED THE SHECHINAH.