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A gift from the Alter Rebbe to Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel
A gift from the Alter Rebbe to Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel Photograph: He.Chabad.org /Aguch Library
Yohrtzeit of Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel
Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel Slonim (5559-5648) was the daughter of the Mittele Rebbe. She is regarded a matriarch of the Chabad dynasty as well as Chevron's Jewish population in general. She was famed for her wisdom, piety and erudition, honored and esteemed by famous Rabbonim of her time, Anash, and even the non Jewish population of Chevron.

Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel was born on Yud Tes Kislev, 5559, the same day her grandfather, The Alter Rebbe was released from imprisonment in S. Petersburg. Her father chose the name Menucha saying, "Henceforth we shall have a little Menucha." She was named Rochel after an aunt that died in her youth.

Emigration to Chevron
After she fell dangerously ill, her father promised that she would live to emigrate to the Land of Israel. In the year 5605, with the blessing of her brother-in-law,the Rebbe Tzemach Tzedek, she and her family emigrated to Chevron. To allay her fears of rainstorms on the winter journey to Chevron, the Rebbe blessed her to "walk between the raindrops."

For forty-three years she served as the matriarch of the Chevron community. New brides and barren women would request blessings from her.Many miracles came about through these blessings.

Before she was nifter on the 24th of Shevat 5648, she sent a letter to the then Rebbe, the Rebbe Rashab, hinting to him of her imminent passing. She thus lived during the leadership of all of the first five Lubavitcher Rebbes.

Her kever in Chevron is a holy site, and is open to visitors. The area of the cemetery with her gravesite was excluded from surrender to the Arabs in the second Oslo accords. Beginning in 5742, groups of Anash, Chevron settlers, and descendants of the Rebbetzin began visiting her gravesite each year on her yohrtzeit.

The yeshiva "Kollel Menucha Rochel" has been established in her name nearby. Arabs have repeatedly vandalized her resting place, creating friction in Chevron and Israel in general. The presence of her kever is cited in American law as an argument for Jewish control of Chevron.

Hundreds of Anash, including her descendants, will be visiting her kever today. Shturem will be reporting from Chevron later in the day.

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