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|note on p. 87
"Rachel's tomb was on the roadside outside of Bethlehem; in modern times, however, the city has grown until the tomb is now inside it. Jacob chose that site because he foresaw that his own descendants would pass it on the road to the Babylonian exile, and Rachel would pray for them, as it is said concerning that tragic journey (Jeremiah 31:14): Rachel weeping for her children (Midrash). To this very day, it is a place where men and women shed tears and beg "Mother Rachel" to intercede with God on their behalf.
Tanach, edited by Rabbi Nosson Scherman*
The Artscroll Series
Published by Mesorah Publications, ltd.
Brooklyn, c. 1996
*contributing editors: Rabbi Yaakov Blinder, Rabbi Avie Gold, Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz
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