Tomb of Rachel, Jerusalem, Holy Land-LCCN2002725025

Rachel’s tomb

Rachel, ra-KHAYL, רָחֵל
Rachel (Wikipedia)
This article is about the biblical figure. For other uses, see Rachel (disambiguation).
Rachel WilliamDyce.jpg
Rachel and Jacob by William Dyce
Holy Matriarch
Born Paddan Aram
Died Canaan
Venerated in Judaism
Major shrine Rachel's Tomb
Feast Roman Catholicism: 1 November
Orthodox Church: Sunday before Christmas

Rachel (Hebrew: רָחֵל, Modern Rakhél, Tiberian Rāḥēl) (Arabic: راحيل‎‎) was the favorite of Biblical patriarch Jacob's two wives as well as the mother of Joseph and Benjamin, two of the twelve progenitors of the tribes of Israel. The name "Rachel" means ewe. Rachel was the daughter of Laban and the younger sister of Leah, Jacob's first wife. Rachel was a niece of Rebekah (Jacob's mother), Laban being Rebekah's brother, making Jacob her first cousin.

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