than 25,000 people at hundreds of locations across Israel tuned
in to a live radio broadcast of a prayer ceremony on Monday calling for rain
and healing of the sick at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, to commemorate the date
marking the death of the biblical matriarch Rachel.
More than 100 parents and students from the Gush Etzion region attended the prayer event in person. The ceremony was organized by the Mibereshit Foundation—a Jerusalem-based nonprofit that seeks to connect Israeli children and parents to the founding ideals of the Jewish state—in conjunction with Gush Etzion’s Carmei Yehuda School.