Miriam the Laundress
Tomorrow, the 24th of Tevet, is the yarzheit of “Miriam the Laundress,” מרים הכובסת. On her yarzheit thousands of people visit her grave on Har ha-Menuḥot, often looking for help with fertility problems. Who is this woman whom some people describe as a saint? A few years ago Tsur Erlich, a journalist for Makor Rishon, published an article (Hebrew) about Miriam that tells the true story about her and her journey to sainthood. The truth behind the legend is far from happy, she was widowed and left childless, and never married again because her husband’s brother converted to Islam and refused to perform halitzah.