The Book of Ruth opens with a situation of dire straits: Boaz leaves the Land because of despair, and Naomi cannot rebuild when she returns. The actions and interactions of Ruth and Boaz, however, serve as a model of true soulmates who embody the deepest, highest level of chessed (kindness). These relationships transcend merely helping an older lady or a poor maiden.

As we examine these relationships, parallels from Iyov, the mitzva of Yibum and  the story of Yehuda and Tamar further highlight the significance of the personalities in Ruth.

Yemei Iyun be-Tanakh - תשע"ו