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Megillat Rut in Depth

Study the Book of Ruth

Explore in vivid detail the courageous story of Rut the convert who sacrificed everything to become part of the Jewish People. This text based study of the book of Ruth draws from the classical commentaries and presents its inspirational relevance.

Assimilation, Intermarriage and Dissolution
Megillat Rut in Depth, Part 2
Dissuasion of Potential Converts
Megillat Rut in Depth, Part 4
The Parting of Princesses
Megillat Rut in Depth, Part 5
Ruth's Remarkable Resolve
Megillat Rut in Depth, Part 6
Arrival in Bethlehem
Audio | 1:09:08
Arrival in Bethlehem
Megillat Rut in Depth, Part 7
Ruth: Return or Reincarnation?
Megillat Rut in Depth, Part 8
Rich and Powerful Relatives
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 1
This class studies the second chapter of Megillat Rut.
Divine Design and the Welfare Queen!
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 2
In this fascinating class, continuing to study the second chapter of Megillat Rut, we discover how Boaz, Naomi’s affluent cousin, notices the beautiful Moabite Princess who’s been reduced to scrounging for survival, yet remarkably most modestly maintains her dignity. Be amazed at how seemingly inconsequential details of this ancient narrative are a source of inspiration for our lives today.
The Divinely Designed Meeting of Destiny
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 3
Boaz now meets Ruth face-to-face for the very first time. While there's no “instant magic,” the older judge immediately eases the anxiety of the poverty-stricken younger Princess; while moving to better her lot and provide prominence, plentiful hydration, and paternal protection. His brief words are filled with multiple meanings, and beautiful life lessons for us to emulate.
A Princess of Interest
Audio | 1:07:36
A Princess of Interest
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 4
As the plot thickens, our heroine, the beautiful young pauper-princess Ruth, is overwhelmed by the warm welcome and special attention paid to her by the older wealthy plantation owner Boaz. He in turn reveals why she is a person of great interest to him. Discover how this biblical conversational give-and-take is at once fascinating, inspirational and even instructional!
Lunch-Date with Destiny
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 5
Our humble heroine is invited to lunch with the plantation employees. She modestly sits away from the raucous male-dominated meal; eats little yet finds herself remarkably satiated. Boaz goes out of his way to make Ruth comfortable; demonstrating the virtues of Torah-true hospitality. Incredibly, each detail of this meager meal overflows with deep meaning and profound premonition.
Ruth’s Return to Royalty
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 6
On the heels of an unexpectedly warm welcome and generous lunch invitation, the “pauper princess” modestly rises to resume gathering gleanings. Her alacrity and buoyed spirits is understood to speak volumes. Seeking the restoration of Ruth’s royal self-esteem, a concerned Boaz sensitively instructs the farmhands to purposefully protect her dignity—without making it obvious.
Ruth Returns
Audio | 55:44
Ruth Returns
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 7
Spending the balance of the day diligently collecting gleanings in the harvesting fields, Ruth finds extraordinary success. As the shadows grow longer she happily prepares to head back home to Naomi. These verses contain no verbal exchanges, but our heroine’s thoughtful actions speak louder than words – colourfully painting a portrait of exceptional humility, grace and insight!
Ruth’s Field Report
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 8
Ruth’s safe return relieves Naomi, yet she anxiously inquires about her daughter-in-law's surprising success; who in turn excitedly reports on the day’s amazing harvest happenings. This careful study of their conversation and accompanying innuendo reveals much about both exceptional women and teaches us important life lessons!
Ruth, Royalty and Redemption
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 9
Decoding a deceptively casual conversation; we reveal a subtext laden and layered with deep meaning and historical context. The wide-ranging commentary encompasses an extraordinary swath of Torah concepts; including the continued relationship between the living and the dead, ownership of Israel, the power of a blessing, Levirate marriages, possessed by a spirit, conversion, ancient national enmities, the political science of patriotism all set in a sweep of history spanning nearly six centuries!
Moabite Misgivings!
Audio | 1:06:40
Moabite Misgivings!
Megillat Rut in Depth: Chapter 2, Lesson 10
In the final verses of chapter two, the righteous Ruth is suddenly again entitled Moabite. Is this indicative of moral regression, and why did she change key details in recounting Boaz’s generous offer? This class richly illustrates realistic virtues of character development and highlights the true meaning of ‘relationship integrity.’
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