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INSIGHT: Crying on the RoadKEVER RACHEL – The House That Moses Built

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KEVER RACHEL – The House That Moses Built

Many couples who have not yet been blessed with children come to pray at Kever Rachel. Of course, Rachel, who herself waited many years for children, prays right along with them.

In fact, there is a childless couple who is connected to this place as well. You may have heard of a famous British banker named Sir Moses Montefiore. He traveled all over the world helping Jewish people in need – especially those in the Land of Israel.

He and his wife, Judith, had no children. Not surprisingly, they felt a very strong connection to Kever Rachel and arranged to have the building renovated.

For more than a thousand years, it had been marked by a simple dome supported by poles. Then, more than 150 years ago, the Montefiores had it expanded and enhanced to become the building you often see in pictures.

(In 1996, due to security reasons, strong walls were built around it, but the beautiful building built by Moses and Judith still stands within.)

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Crying on the Road

Why was Rachel buried by the road side and not in Me’aras HaMachpeilah with her husband and the other righteous couples?

Yaakov foresaw that in the future, following the destruction of the First Temple, the Jews would be forced from their homes and sent into exile in Babylon. They would cry out as they passed her burial place, and she would cry as well, giving them comfort and asking HaShem to have mercy on her beloved children.

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KEVER RACHEL – The House That Moses Built

Many couples who have not yet been blessed with children come to pray at Kever Rachel. Of course, Rachel, who herself waited many years for children, prays right along with them.

In fact, there is a childless couple who is connected to this place as well. You may have heard of a famous British banker named Sir Moses Montefiore. He traveled all over the world helping Jewish people in need – especially those in the Land of Israel.

He and his wife, Judith, had no children. Not surprisingly, they felt a very strong connection to Kever Rachel and arranged to have the building renovated.

For more than a thousand years, it had been marked by a simple dome supported by poles. Then, more than 150 years ago, the Montefiores had it expanded and enhanced to become the building you often see in pictures.

(In 1996, due to security reasons, strong walls were built around it, but the beautiful building built by Moses and Judith still stands within.)

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