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Rachel's Tomb (Hebrew: קבר רחל‎ Kever Rakhel), also known since the 1990s as the Bilal bin Rabah mosque (Arabic: مسجد بلال بن رباح‎) to Muslims and UNESCO is the name given to a small religious building encased in concrete revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims..The tomb is located within a Muslim cemetery in a walled enclave biting into the outskirts of Bethlehem, 460 meters south of Jerusalem’s municipal boundary,in the West Bank..The earliest extra-biblical records describing this tomb as Rachel's burial place date to the first decades of the 4th century AD.. The domed structure containing the tomb dates from the Muslim Ottoman period and when Sir Moses Montefiore renovated the site in 1841 after obtaining the key for the Jewish community, he added a antechamber which included a mihrab for Muslim prayer..It is known that nations that border each other become enemies while nations separated by distance and obstacles make better allies.. When you are the strongest in 1 field, your greatest threat is from the 2nd strongest in your field, not the strongest from another field.. According to the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, the tomb was to be part of the internationally administered zone of Jerusalem, but the area was occupied by Jordan, which prohibited Israelis from entering the area..To discipline, control, or warn others whose status or position excludes them from direct confrontation; use analogy and innuendo.. Without directly naming names, those accused cannot retaliate without revealing their complicity..Rachel's tomb is the 3rd holiest site in Judaism.. Jews have made pilgrimage to the tomb since ancient times, and it has become one of the cornerstones of Jewish-IsraelI Identity...

In Jewish lore, Rachel was born on 11 Cheshvan 1553 BC = (23)..Traditions regarding the tomb at this location date back to the beginning of the 4th century AD.. Eusebius and the Bordeaux Pilgrim mention the tomb as being located 4 miles from Jerusalem.. In the late 7th century, the tomb was marked with a stone pyramid, devoid of any ornamentation.In 1830, the Ottomans legally recognized the tomb as a Jewish holy site.. Proto-Zionist banker Sir and Lady Moses Montefiore visited Rachel's Tomb on their first visit to the Holy Land in 1828.. The couple were childless, and Lady Montefiore was deeply moved by the tomb, which was in good condition at that time. Before the couple's next visit, in 1839, the Galilee EQ of 1837 had heavily damaged the tomb..Take an institution, a technology, a method, or even an ideology that has been forgotten or discarded and appropriate it for your own purpose.. Revive something from the past by giving it a new purpose or bring to life old ideas, customs, or traditions and reinterpret them to fit your purposes.. In 1838 the tomb was described as "merely an ordinary Muslim Wely, or tomb of a holy person; a small square building of stone with a dome, and within it a tomb in the ordinary Muhammedan form; the whole plastered over with mortar. It is neglected and falling to decay; though pilgrimages are still made to it by the Jews. The naked walls are covered with names in several languages; many of them Hebrew"..In 1864, the Jews of Bombay donated money to dig a well. Although Rachel's Tomb was only an hour and a half walk from the Old City, many pilgrims found themselves very thirsty and unable to obtain fresh water. Every Rosh Chodesh, the Maiden of Ludmir would lead her followers to Rachel’s tomb and lead a prayer service with various rituals, which included spreading out requests of the past 4 weeks over the tomb. On the traditional anniversary of Rachel’s death, she would lead a solemn procession to the tomb where she chanted psalms in a night-long vigil..Following the 6 Day War in 1967, Israel gained control of the West Bank, which included the tomb. The tomb was placed under Israeli military administration. Some time after the capture, Islamic crescents, inscribed into the rooms of the structure, were erased. Muslims claim that they were prevented from using the mosque,
although they were allowed to use the cemetery for a while...

According to the Midrash, the first person to pray at Rachel's tomb was her eldest son, Joseph.. While he was being carried away to Egypt after his brothers had sold him into slavery, he broke away from his captors and ran to his mother's grave. He threw himself upon the ground, wept aloud and cried "Mother! mother! Wake up. Arise and see my suffering." He heard his mother respond: "Do not fear.. G with them, and G will be with you"..According to the mystical work, Zohar, when the Messiah appears, he will lead the dispersed Jews back to the Land of Israel, along the road which passes Rachel's grave..Rachel is considered the "eternal mother", caring for her children when they are in distress especially for barren or pregnant woman..Send your E beautiful women to cause discord within his camp. This strategy can work on 3 levels.. First, the ruler becomes so enamoured with the beauty that he neglects his duties and allows his Vigilance to Wane..2nd, other males at court will begin to display aggressive behaviour that inflames minor differences hindering co-operation and destroying morale..3rd, other females at court, motivated by jealousy and envy, begin to plot intrigues further Exacerbating the situation... Jewish tradition teaches that Rachel weeps for her children and that when the Jews were taken into exile, she wept as they passed by her grave on the way to Babylonia..Jews have made pilgrimage to the tomb since ancient times..There is a tradition regarding the key that unlocked the door to the tomb..The key was about 15 centimetres (5.9 in) long and made of brass.. The Beadle kept it with him at all times, and it was not uncommon that someone would knock at his door in the middle of the night requesting it to ease the labor pains of an expectant mother.. The key was placed under her pillow and almost immediately, the pains would subside and the delivery would take place peacefully..The tomb of Sir Moses Montefiore, adjacent to the Montefiore synagogue in Ramsgate, England, is a replica of Rachel's Tomb. During an 1841 visit to Palestine, Montifiore obtained permission from the Ottoman Turks to restore the tomb., In 1934, the Michigan Memorial Park planned to reproduce the tomb. When built, it was used to house the sound system and pipe organ used during funerals, but it has since been demolished..The Torah Ark in Rachel's Tomb is covered with a curtain (Hebrew: parokhet) made from the wedding gown of Nava Applebaum, a young Israeli woman who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in a suicide bombing at Café Hillel in Jerusalem in 2003, on the Eve of her wedding..A few hours before the bombing, on September 9, Applebaum attended the mikveh (ritual bath), as required by Halakha (Jewish law) for all brides prior to their wedding.. She then began helping her family with the wedding arrangements, when her father decided to take her out for a "father-daughter" talk before her wedding..They went to Café Hillel on Emek Refaim Street, in Jerusalem..On the day of the bombing, September 9, security guards in the vicinity of Café Hillel were told to be on the lookout for a suicide bomber.. At around 11:20 pm, a security Guard stationed at a nearby pizza parlor noticed a man walking by with a bulky square-shaped box under his shirt.. He yelled at the man to stop, but the man refused.. The security Guard did not want to shoot him in the back, for fear that it would detonate the bomb.. A few seconds later, the suicide bomber detonated the bomb close to the entrance of Café Hillel.. Nava and her father were entering the cafe at that time.. Nava was killed together with her father.. She was dead by the time she was reached by paramedics..Hundreds of friends and relatives traveling to Israel for the wedding arrived to find that they would be attending her funeral instead, on the day she was supposed to get married.. Sand attended the funeral, and placed in her grave the wedding ring he had planned on Giving her at the WeddinG... when the tomb was found empty, some days passed..For some reason, I favoured Your mother Once before..Take, eat, therefore this is my body that will be given by you, do this in my memory.. Blessed you are you, oh Master, Our King of the Universe that gives us the Roche Mazet, fruit of the Vineyard...

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