Tomb of Rachel (Kever Rachel)

Tomb of Rachel (Kever Rachel)

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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Rachel's Tomb is the burial place of the Biblical matriarch Rachel. The Tomb is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. When I visited Rachel's Tomb many years ago, access was easy. However, since then access has become highly contested and certain cultural groups have been excluded, Rachel's Tomb has been effectively separated from Bethlehem.
Written 15 November 2023
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Isa Traveling
France8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The tomb is inside a building surrounded by the wall seperating Palestine/Israel. It is strange and looks like a jail with watchtower and huge security around.
The Israeli have done an enclave landlocked into the Palestinian territory to be the only "owners" of this tomb and access to Palestitian is impossible, to the contrary of the Machpela/Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, seperated into 2 parts, muslim and jewish with access each to each others 3 days per year.
Inside Rachel'tomb, I was watched by the Jewish ladies inside and didn't feel welcomed, because of the cross I was wearing (I'm Christian) and asked to hide it under my tee-shirt at a moment.
The tomb is beautiful and the prayers of the Jewish ladies beautiful and powerful also.
Despite I was happy to be there and see this tomb, and pray also, the fact that I was asked to hide my cross destabilized me and I didn't enjoy the place as much as imagined and expected.
Written 5 July 2023
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SOQ2010
Massachusetts3,765 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I had asked the hotel arranged guide to take me to Rachels tomb.He only acted as a driver and took me to various places and Rachel tomb was one of them.It seemed that i was the only muslim visiting that day . The place has its holiness but i think there should be more of muslim women visiting it.
Written 9 October 2022
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Regis F
126 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Historic place was turned into a Jews-only compound and separating it from Bethlehem. The Separation Wall was built around it, annexing it into Israel, and it is therefore accessible only from Jerusalem (and only to Jews) and not accessible at all from Bethlehem (and forbidden for Muslims).
Written 20 August 2022
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LaurieJanean
Logan, UT184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
On our first trip to Israel we went to Bethlehem on a Friday afternoon when the Tomb of Rachel was closed for the Sabbath. This time we didn't want to miss it.

The Tomb of Rachel is near Bethlehem, very close to Checkpoint 300--on the Israeli side of the wall (don't go through the checkpoint, stay on the Israeli side of the wall.)

You can get to the Tomb of Rachel from Checkpoint 300 via private car, taxi, or bus (only vehicles are allowed on the short access road to the Tomb of Rachel which has the 30 foot security wall on either side and at the end--you can't walk on the access road).

As we had limited time, we decided to stop at the Tomb of Rachel on our way back to Jerusalem after our Hebron Dual Narrative Tour with Abraham Tours.

Abraham Tours uses public transportation, in this case it was the armored Egged bus 381 from Hebron to Jerusalem. Our Abraham Tours Guide helped us to get off the Egged bus from Hebron at the right stop--Rosemarin Street (Officially: Egged Bus 381, Ha-Rosemarin/Roads 200) and our guide pointed us in the right direction.

We then used either maps.me or Googlemaps (and I had printed a Googlemap at home just in case) to stay on course to Checkpoint 300 where there were numerous taxis.

From Rosemarin Sreet it was a 15 minute walk on a well lit street mostly with good sidewalks and traffic lights and signs to Checkpoint 300. We had brought good little flashlights, which were not needed, but we carry them all the time.

In the taxi, within about 5 minutes--or less--we were at the doors of Tomb of Rachel.

Men and women go through separate doors to separate sides of the tomb.

You can return to Jerusalem, if you are sleeping there, by taxi or by Egged Bus 163.

We stopped on the way back for Hebron. You can do this easily from Jerusalem, without the expense of a taxi. Egged Bus 163 goes to and from the Tomb of Rachel, from Jerusalem's Central Bus Station and other stops, several times a day.

Check the Egged bus schedule for current details. Note: On the Egged website, "Tomb of Rachel" (not Bethlehem or Checkpoint 300) is the name of the stop/destination.

Going to Rachel's Tomb was a nice ending to a great day. Getting the bus back to Jerusalem was easy. People at the tomb were kind and friendly. We got off the bus near the easy to spot Jaffa Gate/Mamilla Mall.

This is a holy site. Dress modestly. Be covered from collarbone to well below the knee, and with sleeves to the elbow or beyond.

Ask respectfully before taking any photos.
Written 7 April 2018
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Family
Nothing is simple in the Holy Land, so one might expect Rachel's Tomb to attract controversy, and so it has.. Rachel was a matriarch, favourite wife of the patriarch Jacob but she was not interred at the Cave of Machpelah. Rachel's Tomb is holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians but access is not easy. Muslims have been deterred from entering the Tomb by the security wall. Rachel's Tomb is revered by women, who say that a visit cures infertility, among other ailments.
Written 12 January 2018
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Chinapjs
Washington DC, DC3,635 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
The mother of Benjamin, the last of the tribe of Israel. Close by the wall built by Israel to separate Palestine from Israel so a little tense. Worth visiting but you have to ask as it's not part of most tours
Written 10 November 2017
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jojo
Navi Mumbai, India2,713 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
Holy place for Jews, Christians and Muslims, Rachel's Tomb has significance for women having prayers for health and wealth.
Written 19 August 2017
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Bleucrayon
Philadelphia, PA56 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Interesting site but not much to see, basically a cupboard with cloth. Easy access by bus 163. Surrounded by concrete walls, the place crowded with weeping,nodding women. Just a sad place. So thankful Jesus conquered the grave. We have hope not dispair!!
Written 6 August 2017
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David H
Eastbourne, UK136 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Friends
Rachel's tomb is now surrounded by the appalling Wall which Israel is building on Palestinian land in the Occupied Terrritories. It is therefore not visitable
Written 21 May 2017
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