Megillat Ruth Q&A
Special for Shavuos
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- Who wrote the Book of Ruth?
- During which historical period did the events of the Megillah of Ruth occur?
- Who was Naomi's husband?
- After she returned from Moav, by what name did Naomi ask to be called?
- How was Boaz related to Naomi?
- Into what did Boaz tell Ruth to dip her bread?
- Why is Elimelech's brother referred to as Ploni Almoni and not by his real name?
- With what object did Boaz redeem Elimelech's property?
- The people and the elders blessed Ruth that she should be like whom?
- What was Ruth's relationship to King David?
List as many reasons as you can why we read the Megillah
of Ruth on Shavuos!
There is a custom to eat "milchigs" on Shavuos. Pharaoh's daughter drew Moshe out of the water on the 6th of Sivan, and he was willing to be nursed only by a Hebrew woman. Therefore we recall Moshe's merit on Shavuos by eating milk foods. Furthermore, the numerical values of the letters of the Hebrew word chalav (milk) add up to 40 corresponding to the 40 days Moshe spent on Mount Sinai.
- The Prophet Samuel (Bava Batra 14b).
- During the era of the Shoftim, the Judges. Boaz was the shofet at the time (1:1).
- Elimelech. (1:2).
- Mara (1:20).
- He was her husband's brother's son. (2:1, Rashi).
- Vinegar (2:14).
- Since he didn't want to redeem his brother's property and thereby discharge his family duty (Rashi 4:1).
- With a shoe (according to the Targum, a glove) (4:8).
- Like Rachel and Leah (4:11).
- She was his great-grandmother: Ruth, Oved, Yishai, David (4:22).
Here are seven reasons why we read the Megillah of Ruth on Shavuos:
Written and Compiled by Rabbi Eliyahu Kane & Rabbi Reuven Subar
General Editor: Rabbi Moshe Newman
Production Design: Eli Ballon
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