Rachel Emeinu: Her Story
Rachel is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 29 when Jacob happens upon her as she is watering her lamb. The Bible declares that Jewish Patriarch Isaac was old and unable to see. In order to bestow blessings upon his first-born son, Isaac orders Esau to hunt and prepare venison. However, Rebecca realizes that Jacob truly deserves those blessings, not Esau. She prepares food and dresses Jacob in the clothes of his older brother Esau. After querying his son, Isaac eats the meal that Rebecca has made and blesses Jacob.
Esau returns from hunting to learn Jacob has taken “his” blessings. Outraged, he vows revenge. Rebecca learns of this and commands Jacob to flee to her brother Laban in Haran, where he should take a wife. Jacob does as he is told and escapes to Haran. During Jacob’s stay, he fell in love with Rachel and agreed to work seven years for Laban in return for her hand in marriage. On the night of the wedding, the bride was veiled and Jacob did not notice that Leah, Rachel’s older sister, had been substituted for Rachel. Whereas “Rachel was lovely in form and beautiful,” “Leah had weak eyes.”
Later Jacob confronted Laban, who excused his own deception by insisting that the older sister should marry first. He assured Jacob that after his wedding week was finished, he could take Rachel as a wife as well, and work another seven years as payment for her.
After Leah had given birth to four sons, Rachel remained barren. She became jealous of Leah and gave Jacob her maidservant, Bilhah, to be a surrogate mother for her. Bilhah gave birth to two sons: Dan and Naphtali. After Leah conceived again, Rachel was finally blessed with a son, Joseph, who would become Jacob’s favorite child. After Joseph’s birth, Jacob decided to return to the land of Canaan with his family.
Fearing that Laban would deter him, he fled with his four wives and twelve children without informing his father-in-law. Laban chased him and accused him of stealing his idols. Indeed, Rachel had taken her father’s idols, hidden them inside her camel’s seat cushion, and sat upon them. Not knowing that the idols were in his wife’s possession, Jacob pronounced a curse on whoever had them: “With whoever you will find your gods, he will not live” (Genesis 31:32).
Laban proceeded to search the tents of Jacob and his wives, but when he came to Rachel’s tent, she told her father, “Let not my lord be angered that I cannot rise up before you, for the way of women is upon me” (Genesis 31:35). Laban left her alone, but the curse Jacob had pronounced came true shortly thereafter. At the outskirts of the land of Judah, approaching Efrat, Rachel went into a difficult labor with her second son, Benjamin. The midwife tells her in the middle of the birth that her child is a boy. Before she died, Rachel named her son Ben Oni (“son of my mourning”), but Jacob called him Ben Yamin (Benjamin). Rashi explains that Ben Yamin either means “son of the right” (i.e., “south”), since Benjamin was the only one of Jacob’s sons born in Canaan, or “son of my days,” as Benjamin was born in Jacob’s old age.
Throughout Rachel’s pain filled life she remained faithful to God above and to her children in this world. Hebrew rabbis believe Jacob buried Rachel on the roadside so she could pray for them as they were led into Exile. Jeremiah 3:15-17: “Rachel, weeping for her children, she refuses to be comforted for her children who are gone. Thus said God, ‘Restrain your voice from weeping, your eyes from shedding tears for there is reward for your labor. They shall return from the enemy’s land and there is hope for the future. Your children shall return to their own country.’
November). She was buried by Jacob on the road to Efrat, just outside Bethlehem. Today Rachel’s Tomb, located between Bethlehem and the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, is visited by tens of thousands of visitors annually. These visits are marked by wrapping Rachel’s tomb with red yarn or string. These threads then become blessing bracelets, tied around the left wrist, never to be removed.
The color red is one of power and authority. It also symbolizes lust, love, passion, and beauty. In the Hebrew context, the red string symbolizes courage in the face of sacrifice or imminent peril. This is the reason, during the 1972 Munich Olympic crisis, the Israeli athletes were tied together with a red rope.
Among Hebrew women today, Rachel has become the matriarchal saint for barren women and women who not only have difficulty conceiving but in carrying a child to term. In addition, despite the number of children Rachel’s sister, Leah, birthed to Jacob, none became what Rachel’s sons became: the fathers of Israel. Thus, Rachel Emeniu is The Mother of All , the mother of Israel.
Given the overwhelming number of children born to the wrong parents, it appears there really is something to the Hitlerterian thought processes of Selective Breeding. As a Jewess I am, of course, not speaking of the Aryan blond -haired, blue-eyed image but the selectiveness in loving parenting: the emotional and psychological as well as financial ability to provide all to a child before the gift arrives from the arms of Rachel. The right of the unborn to be born into love.
The Hebrew Prophetess Rachel is also the Guardian Mother, and Grandmother, to all abused, raped, abandoned, and murdered children — of all nationalities – everywhere. No matter the cause of the violent demise.
The children profiled in this journal, in Rose In The Storm, and in Departments of Recreation and Tourism: Accounting Dept.: Crimes Against Children, are children Rachel now mourns.
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