Ruth the Zionist Hadas Parush/Flash90

Ruth the Zionist

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

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…