With the current Torah readings from the Book of Genesis, the Israel Postal
Company Philatelic Service chose to issue a timely postage stamp – on the burial
place of the matriarch Rachel. The NIS 5 stamp, designed by Osnat Eshel, shows
the famous domed site near Bethlehem. The location south of Jerusalem has been
known for 1,700 years and was covered with a building in the 17th
In 1841, Sir Moses Montefiore added another room to it. It was
turned into a fortress in recent years due to terrorist violence against those
praying there, nonetheless hundreds of thousands visit the site every year.