Rachel Imenu, the Matchmaker
A few weeks ago, 4 of my children, 3 older Israeli women, and I were squished inside a hotel Shabbat elevator sloooowly making our way up to 7th floor of my parents hotel, and this is the amazing story one of the women shared along the way…
“I am divorced, and a few years ago my only daughter was 38 years old and still not married. Such a sweet girl, but she’d never met the right one.
“I was so heartbroken about my daughter that on Rachel Imenu’s yahrzeit I took the bus to her tomb, and as I stood among the crowds of women, even though I was still very far away from the tomb, I cried out so bitterly to Hashem! I prayed ‘Hashem! You are the father of orphans and widows, and I am like a widow because I have no husband! Please, Hashem, have mercy on me and my daughter and help her finally get married this year!
“I was crying so much and became so upset that I fainted right there in the middle of the crowd of women! The crowd cleared to give me air and a policewoman came over to me and helped me get up. She decided to clear a path through the crowds and took me right to the tomb, and she stood by me for a long time, maybe half an hour, while I prayed and cried about my dear daughter to Hashem in the merit of Mama Rachel!
“About two weeks later my daughter was introduced to lovely man, and just two months after I davened at Rachel’s tomb, I danced with my daughter at her wedding!
My daughter told me, “Eema, you know what? Rachel Imenu was my shadchanit!”