Rachel Imenu’s Hope (4-Minute Music Video)
A few months ago I was at a bat mitzvah of an old friend, and what she told her daughter moved me to tears.
She told her, “My dear daughter, today you are now a Jewish woman. And that means that all of our great matriarchs are within you. You are their daughter, and their greatness flows through your blood.
“Sara had great strength to withstand great challenges. And that great strength is within you.
Rivka had the tremendous wisdom to shape the spiritual path of the Jewish people. And that tremendous wisdom is within you.
Leah had awe-inspiring power of prayer, with which she changed her fate. And that awe-inspiring power of prayer is within you.
And Rachel had, and to this day has, unwavering hope that no matter how hopeless things might seem, Hashem will finally bring all of her children home. And that unwavering hope, dear daughter, is within you.
This beautiful song by Franciska Kay, Kol B’Rama, gave me goosebumps. Since I heard it yesterday, I have been singing it all day:) Lyrics below…
Lyrics (from Jeremiah 31)
כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, קוֹל בְּרָמָה נִשְׁמָע נְהִי בְּכִי תַמְרוּרִים–רָחֵל, מְבַכָּה עַל-בָּנֶיהָ; מֵאֲנָה לְהִנָּחֵם עַל-בָּנֶיהָ, כִּי אֵינֶנּוּ.
Thus says the LORD: A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are not.
כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, מִנְעִי קוֹלֵךְ מִבֶּכִי, וְעֵינַיִךְ, מִדִּמְעָה: כִּי יֵשׁ שָׂכָר לִפְעֻלָּתֵךְ נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְשָׁבוּ מֵאֶרֶץ אוֹיֵב
Thus says the LORD: Refrain thy voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the LORD; and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
וְיֵשׁ-תִּקְוָה לְאַחֲרִיתֵךְ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וְשָׁבוּ בָנִים, לִגְבוּלָם.
And there is hope for your future, says the LORD; and your children will return to their own border.