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Biela Rachel Velikovsky (Neé Grodensky) (b. About 1860, Grodno, Lithuania.[1] d. March 3, 1928 Palestine) was Immanuel Velikovsky's mother, and wife of Simon Velikovsky, marrying on 15 March 1885.[2] She spoke several languages,[3] and ".. had always prodded Immanuel to get a proper education, to become a doctor, to specialize,"[4]

"Immanuel Velikovsky was born the youngest of three sons, in the provincial capital of Vitebsk (formerly Polotsk), on 10 June 1895, a year before the seventieth anniversary of the Velizh Geserah. The maiden name of his mother, Beila Grodensky, appears also to be of municipal extraction: Grodno (from the Russian for "town") was a district of Lithuania which the Czar annexed in 1795."[5]

Velikovsky's daughter, Ruth Sharon, thinks her grandmother may have suffered from Alzheimer's, dying from a stroke in March 1928 in Palestine.[6]


  1. Latter-day Saints Church Record
  2. Latter-day Saints Church Marriage Record
  3. SIS Newsletter 1 (April 1975), reprinted from Yale Scientific Magazine
  4. Duane Vorhees, "The Early Years: Part Two", Aeon III:1 (Nov 1992)
  5. Bronson Feldman, "Freud and Velikovsky Part II", Catastrophism and Ancient History IV:1 (Jan 1982)
  6. Book Shelf: Aba: The Glory and the Torment: The Life of Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky by Ruth Velikovsky Sharon, reviewed by Duane Vorhees, in Aeon IV:4 (Apr 1996)

Alternative spellings

Beila Grodenski

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