One Mother's Visit to Rachel's Tomb

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I got this letter from a reader yesterday, and it brought tears to my eyes. Hebrew words are defined below..

Dear Chana,

I would like to share my feelings that I had yesterday, on the yahrzeit of Rachel Imenu.

On my way home in the car, I was listening to the radio, where they were playing songs relating to Rachel Imenu. I started thinking why do we make such a big deal about this day, in our schools and our communities, compared to other dates or other yahrzeits.

My first answer was that we take advantage of any opportunity to grow in our emunah.* If Rachel Imenu’s yahrzeit moves us, then yes, let’s make a big deal about it.

And then I came to my second answer. I realized that we now have an unbelievable opportunity that previous generations didn’t have – we can actually go to the kever* and pray. Jews throughout the ages never dreamed that such a thing was possible, and now we can hop on a bus and daven there.

As I was listening to the words of the song on the radio, “Ki yesh sachar lifulatech….ve-shavu banim legvulam,”* I was moved again with the realization how that prophecy is coming true.

Each and every single Jew in this land is a living witness to Hashem keeping His promise to Rachel Imenu. We have returned, and more are continuing to return!

That verse was talking about US! WE are that prophecy.

In my mind, this is very big, even after living here for 30 years.

All the best to you.

Sharona Katzin, Jerusalem
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emunah- faith
kever- Tomb
“Ki yesh sachar lifulatech….ve-shavu banim legvulam” – There is a reward for your deeds…and children will return to their borders

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