Eshel: What's the question?
"...יִּטַּ֥ע אֵ֖שֶׁל בִּבְאֵ֣ר שָׁ֑בַע וַיִּ֨קְרָא־שָׁ֔ם בְּשֵׁ֥ם
He (Avraham) planted an ‘eshel’ in Be’er-sheva, and there he proclaimed the Name of Hashem, G-d of the Universe” ( 21:33).
What's an eshel? As it was planted, one would think it's a type of tree. But it is not completely clear.
On Shabbos I though of yet another turn aspect related to the argument between R' Akiva anbd Turnusrufs related here: http://kallahmagazine.blogspot.com/.../natural-vs-man... The debate would not then be merely about the greatness of man's perfecting the world but the way one can come to recognize the Creator as coming through personal actions. While Avraham did come to recognize the Creator by observing the creation, he then transmitted this knowledge by making bread for guests. He would then trace the food back through its ultimate Supplier and get his guests to recognize that they should be thanking G-d rather than their human host for their sustenance. That is, we could say, a point R' Akiva is making about coming to recognition of the Divine through what people do, which fits very well with his view that "veahavta le'reacha kamocha is "klal gadol baTorah."
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