This week features:
The Book of Genesis: Road Signs for the Children of Israel
Rachel’s Tears, Abraham’s Tests & Us: Restrain Your Voice From Weeping
“Rachel died, and was buried on the road to Efrat, which is Bethlehem. Jacob set up a monument over her grave; it is the monument of Rachel’s grave until today” (Gen. 35)
“Thus said Hashem: A voice is heard on high, wailing, bitter weeping, Rachel weeps for her children; she refuses to be consoled for her children for they are gone…Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears… there is hope for your future… and your children will return to their border” (Jer. 31).
This week marks the passing of our matriarch Rachel, who sheds tears for her children’s exile to this very day. But a visit to the beautiful and moving Rachel’s tomb, just minutes outside of Jerusalem, is a passage into “Palestinian” controlled area, where Rachel’s tomb is now enclosed in a concrete, militarized bunker… for the protection of her children, who come there daily to pray. Who’s crying now? Who’s crying louder, and wailing more bitterly – Rachel, over her children’s exile, or the children, over the degradation, exile and “imprisonment” of their dear mother? Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman reflect upon the character of our mother Rachel, her selfless heroism, and the legacy she passed down to her children.
Abraham passed down a legacy as well… in fact, the entire life of Abraham, as well as the other patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel as recorded in the book of Genesis, form an intricate and detailed plan for their children’s future. The events along the road of Abraham’s spiritual odyssey instruct us in what we must do, as well as what we must expect.
Our hosts are joined in the studio by good friends, our special guests Glen and Kevin Harlan of Snyder, TX, who are also on a spiritual odyssey in the Land of Israel, as they seek to connect with Hashem, Torah and Israel on a deeper level.