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Let’s Get Going — Megillas Rus

C.B. Gavant

How well do you know Megillas Rus? Sure, you’ve learned about it in school, but I bet some of the information below will surprise you. Like every megillah, there’s lots beneath the surface in this story that we read each Shavuos.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Ready? Why do we read Megillas Rus on Shavuos? Rav Eliyahu Ki Tov, in his Sefer HaToda’ah (The Book of Our Heritage), lists no fewer than six reasons: 1) to teach us that Torah can only be acquired through suffering 2) because it took place at the time of the barley harvest, when Shavuos falls out 3) as a reminder that Bnei Yisrael received 606 mitzvos at Matan Torah, since 606 is the gematria of Rus 4) because we were all geirim like Rus at Matan Torah 5) because Shmuel Hanavi wrote Rus to teach us the lineage of Dovid Hamelech, her great-grandson, who was born and died on Shavuos 6) to teach us that the Torah shebiksav (Written Torah) must be accompanied by the Torah shebe’al peh (Oral Torah), since Megillas Rus teaches us that even though a man from Amon and Moav cannot marry into Klal Yisrael, a woman from Amon or Moav can, something we learn from the Torah shebe'al peh.

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