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This textile and postcard depict Rachel’s Tomb, where the matriarch Rachel is believed to be buried. The tomb is considered one of the holiest places on Earth by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Jews have made pilgrimages to the tomb since ancient times, and women in particular visit it to pray for fertility and healthy childbirth. Some Jews have also taken the tomb as a symbol of the state of Israel and Jewish people’s return to their homeland.
Postcard: Rachel’s tomb. Copyright Sinai, Tel Aviv, Israel. Postcard made after one of Raban’s Ten Views of Israel published by M. Narkiss and Bezalel in 1931. Inscribed on back that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day (Gen. 35/20). Rachel holding lamb and Jacob with lamb on shoulders frame tomb.
Rectangular textile decorated with framed image showing road, tree (left), domed building (Rachel’s tomb] center with a figure standing next to it, and a man in streimmel at right.
Postcard, printed. M. Narkiss and Bezalel, 1931. Tel Aviv, Israel. Collection of Yeshiva University Museum (1992.195).
Cotton, printed. Pro Palestine Association, early 20th century. Collection of Yeshiva University Museum (2004.080).