The tomb of the biblical matriarch Rachel has once again been a target for terrorists.
Last night, a group of unidentified terrorists threw a pipe bomb at Rachel’s tomb. Thankfully no one was hurt because the bomb did not make it past the Palestinian Authority’s side of the compound. Worshipers who were inside the tomb told local reporters that the smell of smoke from the bomb drifted inside.
Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem is a very holy site for the Jewish people. For the past 3,000 years, Jews have prayed at Rachel’s Tomb whenever the Jewish people faced sorrows due to the belief that her prayers to G-d have special powers. Since she herself was childless for many years, many Jewish women with fertility issues pray to have children by her grave.
According to the Jewish tradition, the matriarch Rachel has always cried for her people whenever the Jewish people needed her. Jacob reportedly buried Rachel in Bethlehem, instead of in the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron, because he foresaw that his descendants would need her prayers en route to exile in Babylonia.