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Ruth the Zionist

It’s no accident that the Book of Ruth has played such a central role in modern Zionist culture

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It is amazing to see how the Book of Ruth resembles the story of the people of Israel. In the beginning of the book, we meet a family in crisis that feels they need to leave the country. The family suffers a series of tragedies and Naomi returns to Israel a widow who has also lost her sons. She returns with her faithful daughter-in-law, Ruth, who expresses a desire to be a part of the people of Israel. Ruth is a loving woman infused with faith and mission. Back in Israel, their financial difficulties continue. “Salvation” comes in the form…

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