11 Cheshvan: Yarzheit of Rachel Imeinu

The 11 of Cheshvan, and it is the historical Yahrzteit of Rachel Imeinu (Rachel the Matriarch). This ritual can be used to honor Rachel Imeinu or be adapted to honor any ancestor of blood or spirit. This is intended a simple solitary ritual, which can easily be adapted for a group.

If you are interested in exploring a ritual specifically developed for a group, see Ceremony for the 11th of Cheshvan by Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer.

Ritual for Remembering Rachel Imeinu

May the blessings of our mother be carried through to each generation.

  • Needs:
  • 1 Pomegranate
  • 1 Tea Light
  • Small stones to represent specific ancestors
  • Small dish (big enough to hold all items listed above)


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Adapted from a post originally written for Peeling a Pomegranate, 2005