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Rachel’s Tomb

Our Matriarch Rachel (Rachel Imeinu) (1585– 1553 BCE) passed away outside of Bethlehem (Beit Lechem) soon after giving birth to Benjamin. Jacob buried her there “on the way to Efrat” (Genesis 35). Rashi comments that Jacob buried her there knowing that in the future, when the Jewish people would be exiled to Babylonia, they would pass this place, and compassionate Rachel would plead for Divine mercy for them.

The Midrash says Rachel’s prayers at that time elicited G-d’s promise to her that the Jewish people would ultimately be redeemed: “Your children shall return to their own border” (Jeremiah 32).

Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) has always been an important location where Jews engage in heartfelt prayer. Some people have a custom to wear red thread that has been wound around Rachel’s Tomb as an amulet to protect against misfortune.