Rachel's Tomb

Rachel's Tomb

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Located just outside of Bethlehem, along the road of the forefathers that connects Nablus and Hebron, Rachel's tomb is where Jews and Muslims believe the foremother Rachel was buried. Rachel was the wife of Jacob and mother of Joseph and Benjamin, and the burial site is holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians.

According to Jewish tradition, Rachel wept from her tomb as the Jews passed it on their way to the Babylonian exile, and it subsequently became a pilgrimage site for prayer and continues to be until this day, especially on holidays and the Hebrew date on the calendar commemorating Rachel's death. You will also see women collecting stones from around the tomb as part of a traditional belief that it will ease labor while giving birth.

The tomb is generally open 24 hours, but depending on the security situation it is sometimes closed from 10:00 pm at night until 12:00 pm the next day, and large groups may have to coordinate their visit with Israeli security.

Photo: Kluger Zoltan

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based on 240 traveler reviews
  • Oren Rosenfeld
    Oren Rosenfeld
    July 10, 2023

    Very spiritual and humbling place, now it’s a fortified enclave but the spirituality can be found, and this holy site has an active yeshiva in house.

  • Yoch Anan
    Yoch Anan
    April 4, 2023

    A beautiful and incredibly important place that marks the historical Jewish presence in this particular area of the Land of Israel.

  • B P
    B P
    January 31, 2023

    Would recommend to use Waze for navigation, lot of area A in the surroundings which is restricted roads for Israel's.

  • Tzvi H. Kushner
    Tzvi H. Kushner
    September 4, 2023

    One of the holiest places to daven in the world! Mama Rachel! The heiligeh mameh who gave away the secrets to Leah in order that she won't get embarrassed! איזה זכות! Come here and daven for the geulah shlaima bekaroiv an...

  • Andy E
    Andy E
    November 25, 2022

    We were an international group coming from the Bethlehem side of the security barrier on foot. Since Rachel's tomb is on the Israel side (west side of the wall) we had to pass through the security check point and thank...

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