Thought of the Week: Shavuous - 5780


The rabbis note that the key message in the Book or Ruth is Chesed - loving kindness.

The rabbis state in the Midrash, “The scroll of Ruth tells nothing either of cleanliness or of uncleanliness, neither of prohibition nor of permission.  For what purpose then, was it written?  To teach how great is the reward of those who do deeds of kindness.”

From the gleaning in the fields for Naomi, to her willingness to marry for the sake of the memory of the dead, Ruth was all about Chesed.

This message is a very important one on the day that we commemorate the revelation.  For many, a religious encounter leads to detachment from others.  When the unseen is visible, the seen becomes invisible.  The Torah wants us to understand that a Jewish spiritual life is one of concern for others.  Chesed is the heart of Judaism and Ruth is the greatest teacher of this lesson.

Chag Sameach & Shabbat Shalom