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Ruth, take 1

Ruth is a fascinating little gem of a book: it's a book about a woman (!) a widow (!) a foreigner (!), it was read at Shavout, the re-giving of the law that happens seven weeks after Passover (law-woman story; huh?); in some Hebrew canons it was put between Proverbs and Song of Songs; in ours it's between Judges and 1 Samuel. This is a fascinating, beautiful and powerful story of the hesed of an ordinary woman and an ordinary man being woven with the hesed of God into his extraordinary story, though the ordinary woman and the ordinary man never knew it. Super encouraging, super challenging.