Jeremiah 31:16
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16  And there is hope for your future —declares Hashem: Your children shall return to their country.

v’-yaysh tik-VAH l’-a-kha-ree-TAYKH n’-um a-do-NAI v’-SHA-vu va-NEEM lig-vu-LAM

טז  וְיֵשׁ־תִּקְוָה לְאַחֲרִיתֵךְ נְאֻם־יְהֹוָה וְשָׁבוּ בָנִים לִגְבוּלָם׃

 31:16  Your children shall return to their country  

Relatives of new immigrants holding a sign that says “your children shall return to their country”

In this moving passage, God speaks directly to the matriarch Rachel, who is known in Jewish tradition as having a special role in the redemption of her children, the Jewish people, and their return to Israel. According to Jewish tradition, when her father Laban gave her sister Leah to Yaakov in marriage in her stead, Rachel revealed to Leah a secret sign she had made with Yaakov in order to spare Leah from embarrassment. Because of Rachel’s unparalleled selflessness and love for her sister, it is Rachel’s prayers, tears and cries for compassion to her children that are heard by God more than any other biblical figure. God promises Rachel that those tears are not for naught, but rather “There is a reward for your labor” (verse 16) and “your children shall return to their country.” In a moving example of symbolism, this verse is often sung with emotion at Ben Gurion Airport as new Jewish immigrants arrive in Israel.

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  • It never fails to touch my heart when I read of the great patience and love Hashem has for the Jewish people. Even though Hashem scatters them he will draw them back, what other god is there that so willingly forgives after he has chastened. There is none like Hashem. That he so freely gives all He has for those He loves, amazing!

  • Rachel was the mother of Joseph. Joseph went off into Egypt, and was not recognized by his brothers, including Judah. The children of Joseph live today. We have been scattered to the nations, assimilated, we forgot who we were, forgot God’s name, forgot the book, but we are “awakening” from our spiritual amnesia. I believe Rachel is weeping for the descendants of Joseph, the “non Jewish” part of the nation of Israel. And, we are promised in the very next verse, (v.17) this great hope: And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.

    • By, and I quote, the "non Jewish" part of the nation of Israel, do you refer to those of us that are 'grafted in'
      Laura or maybe those of us who have Jewish ancestry but cannot say we are Jewish, in my case both? I would happily accept either or both:-)


Jeremiah 31:16

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