Of all the events in Hebron, one of the most understated is the yarzeit of Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel. In short, the Mittler Rebbe established the community of Hebron in 1823. In 1845 a group of chassidim led by the Rabbi Yakov and Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel joined the community. She was the matriarch and mentor of the community until her passing in 1888.

To commemorate her yarzeit, a huge melave malka was held with distinguished rabbis, including Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Halperin of the organization of descendants of the Alter Rebbe, as well as busloads of people who came from near and far. It is interesting to note that this is the 24th year that a pilgrimage has been made to Menucha Rochel’s kever (gravesite). Perhaps if you are in Israel at that time next year, you could partake in this inspiring evening.

 

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