vrijdag 18 oktober 2013
Yahrzeit: Thousands at Rachel's Tomb for Anniversary of Matriarch's Death
Tens of thousands of Jews are flocking to Rachel's Tomb beginning Monday night and all day Tuesday is the 11th day of Cheshvan, the yahrzeit (anniversary of death) of the biblical Matriarch Rachel, whose tomb is located on the road from Bethlehem to Efrata, where she died, rather than in Hevron where the other three matriarchs are buried with their husbands.
Today, Rachel's Tomb is located within Bethlehem city limits, but is less than a kilometer south of the Jerusalem municipal border and is entered only from Jerusalem on a road protected by high concrete walls, so that visiting it is convenient and secure.
Rachel Tomb in the early 1900's, when the tomb (and Jews & Christians ) NOT needed to be protected by high concrete walls against palestinian terrorist murderers and islamic/arab sniper-fire.