The Tomb of Rachel, Judaism’s third-holiest site, has been the scene of prayer and pilgrimage for more than three thousand years. Is a small religious building revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims. It is believed by some to be the burial place of the biblical matriarch Rachel. The tomb is located within a Muslim cemetery in a walled enclave biting into the outskirts of Bethlehem, 460 meters south of Jerusalem’s municipal boundary, in theWest Bank. The earliest extra-biblical records describing the tomb as the believed site of Rachel’s burial place date back to the beginning of the 4th century.
It has been viewed as the symbol of the return of the Jewish people to its ancient homeland. For Jewish women, the tomb was associated with fertility and became a place of pilgrimage to pray for successful childbirth.
During my last travel to Israel, during Passover, was crowded by jewish practitioners from around the country, who took advantage of their vacation days to make a pilgrimage to this sacred place.