The Sixties Radical- Azriel


Rachael chose to be buried in Bethlehem instead of Hebron where all the patriarchs and matriarchs were buried. This is a foreshadowing of the birth of Yeshua in Bethlehem. In her heart, Rachael knew that Bethlehem would play a key role in the destruction of  the first and second Temples on the 9th of Av.

Yeshua was sent by G-d to bring us Jews back to HIS house and return to what HaShem wanted us to do when we were given the mitzvah to be the light unto the nations.

Yeshua told us the Kingdom of Heaven is coming soon. Repent turn back to G-d for I have good news for you.

Everything G-d did since Adam sinned was in preparation for the Mashiach and ushering in of the Messianic age.

The Messianic has begun. It is happening now. Repent turn back to G-d for Kingdom of heaven is near.

Fulfilling his earlier vow, Jacob returned to the site where he had dreamt of the ladder ascending to heaven and built an altar there. G d then gave him the additional name of Israel, as the angel had informed him. As Jacob’s clan moved further south and approached Bethlehem, Rachel went into labor and died while delivering her second son, whom Jacob named Benjamin.

Rachel died and was buried on the road leading to Efrat. Efrat is also known as Bethlehem. Genesis 35:19

We are taught that Rachel chose to be buried in Bethlehem, rather than in Hebron with the other patriarchs and matriarchs. She foresaw that the Jewish people would pass by Bethlehem many centuries later when they were driven out of the Land of Israel following the destruction of the first Temple. At that time, after the patriarchs tried but failed to appease G‑d, Rachel argued that just as she had not been jealous of her sister Leah when she became Jacob’s wife, G‑d should not be “jealous” of the idols the Jews had worshipped. G‑d accepted her argument, and proclaimed: “Because of you, Rachel, I will return the Jewish people to their homeland.”

It is Rachel’s self-sacrifice and devotion that evoke G‑d’s promise to redeem us, despite our misdeeds and shortcomings.1 Rashi and Radak on Jeremiah 31:14, based on Eichah Rabbah, Petichta 24. Hitva’aduyot 5711, vol. 2, pp. 59–61; Likutei Sichot, vol. 30, p. 238.