Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Matriarch Rachel Saves Lives of Israeli Soldiers

Jerusalem Post
14 January 2009

Soldiers turn to secret weapon: Jewish spirituality


[A woman in black directs two Israeli soldiers in Gaza City away from a house rigged with a bomb, saving their lives when it explodes. When asked who she is, she tells the soldiers she is the Matriarch Rachel.]

[...] This story, whether true or not, is being circulated in religious circles - via Internet forums, SMS, e-mail and word of mouth - and is fast becoming an urban legend. [...]

Arutz Sheva [Israel]
20 January 2009

Chief Rabbi Confirms Gaza Miracle Story

by Hillel Fendel

( Former Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, recovering from a life-threatening disease, prayed several times at the Tomb of the Biblical Matriarch Rachel before the recent war in Gaza. Informed that an “old woman” saved IDF soldiers’ lives in Gaza, he said, “Did she mention that I sent her?” [...],7340,L-3659308,00.html

Ynetnews [Tel Aviv, Israel]
21 January 2009

Rabbi Eliyahu: I sent Mother Rachel to Gaza

Former chief rabbi responds to rumors of woman appearing before troops, warning them of danger in Operation Cast Lead, says, 'The story is true, I sent her'. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner: A sucker will believe anything

Kobi Nahshoni

Two days have passed since the ceasefire in Gaza took effect, and one of the most widespread legends of the days on the battlefield has received rabbinical approval. On the last days of the war, rumors spread about a woman presenting herself as Jewish matriarch Rachel appearing to IDF soldiers and warning them of explosives, booby-trapped houses and terrorist ambushes within the Gaza Strip. [...]

Arutz Sheva [Israel]
26 January 2009

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: A Beautiful, Young Rachel Saved IDF Soldiers

by Malkah Fleisher

( A week after Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu confirmed the miracle story sweeping Israel - that the embodiment of the Matriarch Rachel saved the lives of soldiers in Gaza - Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is now also declaring that the Jewish foremother came to the aid of the IDF. [...]