Beit Lechem’s Jewish Identity ✡ “Thus Rachel Died. She Was Buried On The Road To Efrat—Now Beit Lechem” – Israel365

Thus Rachel died. She was buried on the road to Efrat—now
Beit Lechem. Over her grave Yaakov set up a pillar; it is the pillar at Rachel’s grave to this day

Genesis 35:19-20 (The Israel Bible™)

וַתָּמָת רָחֵל וַתִּקָּבֵר בְּדֶרֶךְ אֶפְרָתָה הִוא בֵּית לָחֶם
וַיַּצֵּב יַעֲקֹב מַצֵּבָה עַל־קְבֻרָתָהּ הִוא מַצֶּבֶת קְבֻרַת־רָחֵל עַד־הַיּוֹם

Hear the verse in Hebrew

va-ta-MAT ra-KHAYL va-ti-ka-VAYR b’-DE-rekh ef-RA-tah HEE BAYT LA-khem
va-ya-TZEV ya-a-KOV ma-TZAY-va al k’-VU-ra-ta hee ma-TZE-vet k’-VU-rat RA-khel ad ha-YOM

Beit Lechem’s Jewish Identity

Yaakov (Jacob) did not bury his beloved wife Rachel in the family tomb in Chevron (Hebron), but rather in nearby Beit Lechem (Bethlehem). Today, Rachel‘s tomb lies on the outskirts of contemporary Beit Lechem and remains a popular prayer destination as illustrated above. Beit Lechem is also the birthplace of King David and the city in which Samuel anointed King David as the King of Israel.
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