Tomb of Rachel, Jerusalem, Holy Land-LCCN2002725025

Rachel’s tomb

Rachel, ra-KHAYL, רָחֵל
Rachel (Wikipedia)

Rachel WilliamDyce.jpg
Rachel and Jacob by William Dyce
Holy Matriarch
BornPaddan Aram
Venerated inJudaism
Major shrineRachel's Tomb
FeastRoman Catholicism: 1 November
Orthodox Church: Sunday before Christmas

Rachel (

רָחֵל‬; meaning ewe) was a Biblical figure best known for her infertility. The site revered as her burial place (Rachel's Tomb) is one of the holiest sites in Judaism. Rachel was the favorite of Jacob's two wives, and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, two of the twelve progenitors of the tribes of Israel. Rachel's father was Laban. Her older sister was Leah, Jacob's first wife. Her aunt Rebekah was Jacob's mother.

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