Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Potent Perennials

Yael Stolcz

All of us remember certain lessons we were taught, timeless concepts so powerful they remain with us decades later. What about the teachers of those lessons? In honor of Zeman Matan Torah, we asked eight seasoned educators to share the ideas that move them year after year.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MRS. AVIGAIL BROWNSTEIN EIGHTH GRADE (WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT) Teaching Megillas Rus has always been a highlight for me. We discuss the greatness of Rus, whose religious background was anything but illustrious. We’d be hard-pressed to find a more lineage-deprived woman in all of Tanach. In fact, the Gemara (Yevamos 76b) says that Doeg Ha’adomi told Shaul not to worry about Dovid, as he was from Moav and would never become king! Rus’s journey to Klal Yisrael was so inglorious that if we’re honest, we might even say that from our elevated vantage points in frum society, a modern-day Rus might be someone we would wrinkle our noses at and, unfortunately, write off. (Would she be accepted into our schools? Would our children be allowed to play with her? How about shidduchim?) Yet the Chachamim saw fit to include an entire sefer in Tanach about this remarkable woman! How did that happen? The Kotzker Rebbe writes that the reason we read Megillas Rus is to learn from her middah of chesed. Rus distinguished herself through her unique chesed of refusing to abandon her impoverished, elderly mother-in-law. In addition, her willingness to listen to her elders — through following Na’ami’s directives — ultimately led her to marry Boaz, thus introducing the Davidic dynasty. These traits Rus embodied deemed her worthy of being the grandmother of Mashiach.

To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

The Fortunes of War
Rabbi Moshe Grylak We’re still feeling the fallout of the First World War
Some Lessons, But Few Portents
Yonoson Rosenblum What the midterms tell us about 2020
Vote of Confidence
Eyan Kobre Why I tuned in to the liberal radio station
5 out of 10
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin Top 5 Moments of the Kinus
Day in the Life
Rachel Bachrach Chaim White of KC Kosher Co-op
When Less is More
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman How a good edit enhances a manuscript
It’s My Job
Jacob L. Freedman “Will you force me to take meds?”
They’re Still Playing My Song?
Riki Goldstein Yitzy Bald’s Yerav Na
Yisroel Werdyger Can’t Stop Singing
Riki Goldstein Ahrele Samet’s Loi Luni
Double Chords of Hope
Riki Goldstein You never know how far your music can go
Will Dedi Have the Last Laugh?
Dovid N. Golding Dedi and Ding go way back
Battle of the Budge
Faigy Peritzman Using stubbornness to grow in ruchniyus
The Challenging Child
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Strategies for raising the difficult child
Bucking the Trend
Sara Eisemann If I skip sem, will I get a good shidduch?
The Musician: Part 1
D. Himy, M.S. CCC-SLP and Zivia Reischer "If she can't read she'll be handicapped for life!"