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Cheshvan 11

December 9, 2009 | by

Yahrtzeit of the biblical Rachel, who died while giving birth to Benjamin in 1553 BCE (2208 from Creation). Rachel had previously given birth to Joseph, following years of being childless. Jacob buried her by the roadside in Bethlehem, where tradition says that centuries later she wept and prayed for the Jews as they were taken into exile. Today, Rachel's Tomb serves as a place of pilgrimage and prayer, and is regarded as Judaism third-holiest site.


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