A Well Was Drilled in the Yard of the Tomb in the year of 1865, To Serve the Visitors Who Come Pray at the Tomb. The Well Was Drilled With The Financial Assistance Of The Bombay Jewish Community (India).
The well is located at the women's side of the tomb.
The Tombs of Yosef and His Sons
This parochet from Kever Yosef lies next to the Ottoman pillars. They are a bitter reminder of the destruction of Yosef's Tomb, at the start of the intifada of 2000, terrorists decimated and destroyed the tombs of Yosef and his sons Ephraim and Menashe, the holy artifacts that were salvaged were transported to Rachel’s Tomb (Rachel was Yosef’s mother) where they are currently displayed and safeguarded.
And it is a warning of what Arabs would like to do to our Matriarch's burial place as well.
A plaque hanging above the parochet reads, "When Yosef was on his way to Egypt after being sold to the Ishmaelite, he implored, ‘My mother, my mother who gave birth to me, wake up, awake and see my suffering.’" His suffering has not ended.
This gorgeous Silk Curtain hanging on the women's side at the Tomb is a Half the fabric of Naava Appelbaum's wedding gown which she never got to wear.
On Sept. 9, 2003, Dr. David Applebaum, met his 20-year-old daughter Naava at Caf? Hillel on Emek Refaim Street in Jerusalem. They went out for hot drinks the night before Naava’s wedding, which was supposed to take place at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel in the Jerusalem area.
While they were having their heart-to-heart, a suicide bomber entered the caf? and blew himself up, killing seven people, David and Naava among them.
And so it was, that six and a half hours before the scheduled wedding ceremony, hundreds of guests stood at the funeral of the bride and her father.
“Instead of standing together under the wedding canopy, you are lying here together to be buried in the furrows of the dirt,” Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau said, prompting a wave of sobs and wails from the throng of mourners.
Naava was a serious girl; always smiling, always happy. She was out there to help those in need. "It is there, where throngs of people from around the globe, pray to Mother Rachel that her children be returned to their land and be zoche to the coming of Mashiach and a life of eternity"
Our Kollelim –Group of Torah Scholars, who pray and learn there day and night.
They learn in the main room, right next to the tombstone, the main room has book cases with all books necessary to learn and pray, there is also 2 Aron Kodesh in this room, there is also only chairs with out tables since the small space in the main room.
After overcoming great obstacles, we have built in 2004, for the first time in history, a Mikvah for daily use of the visitors.
Kabbalah offers a precedent for building a mikvah here, proving that for hundreds of years, Jews have aspired to purify themselves at this place.
This historical and much known sign "Kever Rachel" was there since 1945.
At the time when they build the new building in 2000 this historical sign disappeared, about tow years ago in 2005, a resident realized it in a dumpster nearby, it was fixed and cleaned and put back to his place by a special ceremony.
In 1998-2000 a new bullet proof building was build by the Israeli government to protect the site from terror attacks, this added some space to the main room, the new building also added a hallway, IDF points on the roof, rest rooms, a small room for the soldiers, and a corner for coffee and refreshments.
At 1841 Rachel's Tomb Got its Well Known Shape – "The Building With The Tomb On Top", Which Was Build By Moses Montifyori And His Wife Judith, A Stone Plaque Thanking Montifyori Was Hung-Up In The Building.
In 1885 More Then Forty Years Later They Had To Maintain and Reconstruct The Building Which Was Also Donated By Montifyori
"And Yaacov set up a pillar upon her grave; the same is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day" (Breishit 20 ,35)
This is the tombstone at the place were Yaccov buried Rachel, this was builed about 450 years ago (in year 1558).
It is located in the center of the main room, one side is the men's side, and the other is the women's side.
The Parochet – Curtain on top of it was ordered by Mosdos Kever Rachel and custom hand maid by "Caftor Veferach" Company in Jerusalem.