Saint Rachel is one of the Old Testament Jewish Matriarchs. She was married to the Patriarch Jacob, son of Isaac and grandson of Abraham. Jacob loved Rachel and worked for her father for 14 years to earn her hand in marriage. They were infertile for much of their marriage, while her sister, who was also married to Jacob due to a trick of their father, bore him many children. However, St. Rachel's faith was blessed towards the end of her life. She bore two sons, Joseph and Benjamin. She died while giving birth to Benjamin. Her son Joseph was an Old Testament forshadowing of Christ. St. Rachel's feast day is November 1st.
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