In this week’s parshah, Toldot, we read about Isaac’s life after the passing of his father, Abraham.

A big emphasis is put on the fact that he dug wells. First, he unearthed the wells that his father had originally dug, but the locals had filled. Then he dug new wells. Finally, we read how his servants, who were digging a well, came to him and said: “We found water!”

It seems that digging wells was central to who he was and a defining feature in his service for G‑d. While his father, Abraham, concentrated on getting people to follow G‑d, Isaac dug wells.

What is the deeper meaning in digging wells? What lesson are we to take from Isaac?

To dig a well, you first need to believe that there is water. Then comes the hard work—digging deeper and deeper until you find it.

Herein lies a beautiful lesson: On the surface, you may not be happy with who you are, but you have to know that on the inside, there is “water” (a beautiful person). All you need to do is work on yourself, and if you keep digging, you will surely find the water.

First came Abraham, who taught us to change the way we should act on the outside—to act the way G‑d would want you to.

When you do this, you may feel like a fake, putting on an act. However, you must realize that it is a false perception because deep within you, you are perfect.

Isaac taught us the next step. Once you are beautiful on the outside, start digging and you will surely find beauty within.

Few realize that the only one we can actually work on is ourselves if we believe that there is something beautiful within. And when you expose that beauty, you will greatly impact the world around you, changing the world for the better.

May we each find our inner beauty, and may our efforts, working on ourselves, bring the change necessary to usher in the redemption. The time has come.