The graduates of M²’s cohort of Relational Learning collaborated with the 929 project, to explore themes in the Book of Ruth through a relational lens.
During their year-long program, the cohort examined the many facets of our relational connections with others and the ways that factors in our environment impact relationships. They bring this learning to bear on the narrative of Ruth, illuminating some of the many ways that the book explores relationships, trust, and commitment.
Is it possible to be a mother-in-law without being overbearing to your daughter-in-law? Popular western culture would suggest not; But in the biblical book of Ruth, Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth provide a different perspective, the possibility of a healthy relationship.
Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder
Our life’s experiences and choices are visible on a person's face: in the eyes, the lines, and in the expressions. The Torah often associates finding chen as occurring in the eyes of the observer. In a moment, a subtle and powerful shift in a relationship can occur, but it’s not simply a first impression.
May we embrace those who choose to be part of the Jewish family whether they have converted or not. It is time that we truly embrace interfaith couples with the message that we love them for who they are and the contributions they make to our community. Ruth and Boaz are our model.
Rabbi Melinda Mersack
When the townspeople bless Ruth in the name of Rachel and Leah, they are linking her to these women who are paradigms of strength, righteousness and ingenuity. As we bless our daughters, it is as if Ruth, Naomi, Rachel, Leah, and all the townspeople have crowded into our dining room.
Rabba Rachel Kohl Finegold