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June 2017 ......................... Sivan-Tammuz 5777 ......................... Volume 12 Issue 6

Shavuot Tradition

Angela Kunkel
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  In traditional settings, the Book of Ruth is read on the second day of Shavuot. The Book of Ruth is one of the five Megilliah which are read on different Yamim Tovim (Jewish Festivals). Various reasons are given for the custom of reading the Book of Ruth on the Festival of Shavuot. One explanation relates to genealogy, since the Book of Ruth ends with the genealogy of David whose forbearer Ruth was. It has been suggested that it is read on Shavuot because there is a legend that David was born and died on Shavuot. Another reason for the reading the Book of Ruth is that its story takes place at harvest time, and Shavuot also occurs at the time of the spring harvest. The most quoted reason is that Ruth’s coming to Israel took place around the time of Shavuot, and her acceptance into the Jewish faith was similar to the acceptance of the Jewish people of G-d’s Torah. Just as Israel willingly accepted the Torah at Sinai without   knowing its content, so Ruth gave up everything she knew to accept the Torah. Like the people of Israel, Ruth believed in order to understand, not the other way around...

Prayer

The Book of Ruth does not discuss any laws of contamination or purification, what is permitted
or what is prohibited. So why was it written?
To teach us the reward for people who
perform kindness.
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