Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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Momma Rochel

by Akiva's Wife at Mystical Paths

Today is the yaretzheit of Rochel Imaynu, Momma Rochel. The Gemora teaches that when terrible decrees and events come to the Jewish people, all the avos (fathers & mothers) get up and beseech Hashem. Avraham aveenu (Abraham our father), Yitzchok aveenu, Yaakov aveenu, Moshe rabaynu (Moses our teacher), etc. They cry before Hashem to save the Jewish people, in the merit of the Jewish people and in their merit as the fathers and teachers. But, sometimes, Hashem rebuts each one, pointing out their faults as why their prayers should not be heard.

Then comes Momma Rochel. She says to Hashem, "look at my sacrifices, I disregarded all my honor for the sake of my sister", Hashem heeds her cry and promises that Bnei Yisroel will return.

She sits by the side of the road in Bet Lechem (Bethlehem), crying for her children. But Hashem promises her... geulah, her children will return, to her, to Hashem, to geulah, Moshiach tzidkaynu, and the 3rd Beis HaMikdash.

May it be today.

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