Jacob did not bury his beloved wife Rachel in the family plot in Hebron, but rather in nearby Bethlehem. Jewish tradition explains that Rachel was intentionally buried in Bethlehem, along the road on which the Jews were forcibly marched into exile following the destruction of the First Temple. At that devastating moment in Jewish history, the downtrodden Jews found comfort in Rachel’s holy resting spot as she entreated God’s mercy towards His people. According to the Sages, the first person to find comfort at her grave was actually her son Joseph, who briefly broke away from his captors on his way down to Egypt. Today, Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of modern day Bethlehem remains a popular destination for people to pour out their hearts in prayer.
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