Imma Rachel Weep

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The eleventh of Cheshvan is the yartzeit (Yiddish - lit. 'year's time'), the anniversary of the passing away of 'Immah' Rachel - mother of the Jewish People. The place of her grave has been known through the ages, to be on the Bethlehem road, a few miles south of Jerusalem.

Immah Rachel weeps
She stands on the Bethlehem Road
and cries
for her children
Refusing to be consoled
Long lines, destined for Babylon
- exile on the Bethlehem Road.
Refrain your voice from weeping and
your eyes from tears, for the children
shall return to their boundary said

Immah Rachel weep again
for us -
for how long may we
come to pour out our hearts to Our
where you cried for your children,
on the Bethlehem road
cry for us.
Immah Rachel weep.

  • Radak, Jeremiah 31

This poem originally appeared in SEASONS OF THE MOON for Cheshvan 5756.
Written by Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair.
General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman.
HTML Design: Michael B. Treblow

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