By: Yael Rosenberg, Contributor
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The book of Ruth (Heb. מגילת רות, Megillat Rut or Megillas Rus) is traditionally read on the festival of Shavuot (Heb. שבועות) or Pentecostal.
Megillat Rut was written by the Prophet Shmuel (שמואל הנביא) and it is customarily read on holiday of Shavuot. In the Diaspora, where the holiday is celebrated over two days, Megillat Rut is read on the second day.
There are many reasons why we the Book of Ruth is read on the holiday of Shavuot, some of which are enumerated below:
4. King David was born and seventy years later died on the holiday of Shavuot. David, the head of the Judean Kingdom was Ruth's, great grandchild. Ruth is often referred to as Em Hamlchut "אם המלכות" the Mother of the Kingdom.
5. The central theme of the book of Ruth is Chessed. The book relates the loving kindness Ruth bestows on her mother in lay Naomi, the benevolence shown by the people of Bethlehem towards the impoverished and Boaz’s thoughtfulness towards Ruth. The book of Ruth teaches us that not only does the Torah, which was given to the Israelites on Shavuot, instructs us to accept converts but commands us to treat them with loving kindness.
One of our great heroines, Ruth is now and forever beloved and revered. So much does Ruth, in her modesty of nature, her dignity, and he grand deeds, demonstrate for us what a true friend, a true daughter, a true woman is made of. And thus, now and forever will Ruth represent and personify nobility, humility, and loving kindness.
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