Rachely Rachewsky Scapa

Rachel weeps over her children… again

Once again, Israeli mothers weep over their fallen children, as Israel was taken by the brutal attacks of Hamas terrorists.

October 7th affected the entire population of Israel – but let me talk to you about the Rachels – the Israeli mothers.

We’ve all seen the footage of a young mother being taken hostage together with her two children; also, the elderly woman who is now a grandmother; And the children!???  We all have either seen or tried not to see the images of children of just a few months to teenagers who were either taken as hostages by the terrorists or brutally massacred. 

As a mother, my stomach turns, and my heart aches in agony. My son is 11 years old, and it will take just 7 years for him to be drafted into IDF, and yet, I can identify with those mothers who are fearful, and anxious for their children’s future. What I cannot begin to imagine is how the mothers felt when they understood that their children were taken into captivity by Hamas or those who saw how their offspring were murdered right before their eyes. 

I remember the verses in the Bible that speak about Rachel weeping over her children – those who lost their sons and daughters in this current war, and those who sent their children to serve the Nation, as they do not know how their children will return.

“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation and bitter weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted for her children,
Because they are no more.” 

(Jeremiah 31:15)

The only comfort I find is in the promise of the Holy One of Israel:

“Refrain your voice from weeping,
And your eyes from tears;
For your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord,
And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
There is hope in your future, says the Lord,
That your children shall come back to their own border.”

Jeremiah 31:16-17


About the Author
Rachely (as in Rachel) Rachewsky Scapa was born in Curitiba, southern Brazil. She made alyiah on her own at the age of 16, living in a boarding school. Studied journalism in the Tel Aviv Open university. For over 20 years, Rachely hosts a Radio show titled Voice from Israel where she broadcasts news from Israel in Portuguese at Good News From Israel Radio. She also hosts a radio show in Hebrew about Brazilian music and culture at Israeli Radio Sol. Rachely is married to Alberto who made alyiah from Uruguay, and the mother of Yoel Lucas.
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