Why Is Mamme Rochel Crying?



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    Why Is Mamme Rochel Crying?

    Today, the 11th of Cheshvan, is the Yohrtzeit of Mamme Rochel, one of the four matriarchs of the Jewish nation ● Rabbi Shlomo Kluger, one of the most prominent Rabbinical authorities of the 19th Century, and a prolific author, explains why she cries ● Read More

    Today, the 11th of Cheshvan, is the Yohrtzeit of Mamme Rochel, one of the four matriarchs of the Jewish nation.

    Rabbi Shlomo Kluger, one of the most prominent Rabbinical authorities of the 19th Century, and a prolific author, explains why she cries:

    Originally, when our Matriarch Rochel visited her children in exile, she saw them adorned with the Tzelem Elokim [image of G-d — the beard], which is the “Toar Yisroel” [Jewish likeness, which enables us to be recognized as Jews]. She did not fear, because she knew that there was hope for their redemption.

    In the present era, however, due to our numerous sins, we have descended from the level of “Yisroel,” the Tzelem Elokim has departed from us… [since many have] cut off their beards…

    Now, when Rochel comes to visit her children in exile, she doesn’t recognize them at all, she suffers and gives up hope… This is the meaning of the verse, “A voice is heard in Ramah… Rochel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, for they are not.” She doesn’t recognize us at all. It is as if we were not her children, for we lack her appearance.

    -Kehilas Yaakov, Rabbi Shlomo Kluger, Aseres Yemei Teshuva, pp. 306-607

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