with commentary by Rabbi Tuly Weisz


To most Jews, Megillat Rut immediately conjures up thoughts and memories of the holiday of Shavuot, when it is read publicly in synagogue.


Shavuot is one of the three central pilgrimage festivals and, according to Jewish tradition, is the day when the children of Israel experienced revelation, receiving the Torah from God at Mount Sinai. It seems puzzling that, of all the books in the holy Bible, we specifically read Megillat Rut on the day that commemorates the giving of the Torah.


The giving of the Torah was the single most important moment in the history of civilization – not only for Jews, but for all of mankind. Long ago, the Sages wondered why, if the Torah is so holy, it wasn’t given in the Holy Land? Why was the Torah given in a barren desert instead?


The ancient rabbis explained that since Israel is the Jewish homeland, had the Torah been given in there, it would have belonged exclusively to the Jewish people. Instead, therefore, Hashem chose to transmit His moral code on a barren mountain in the ownerless wilderness, to emphasize that His Word is for everyone equally, because His instructions are the key to universal redemption.


In Megillat Rut we read about the Moabite princess Rut who forges her own path to Mount Sinai through her relationship with her mother-in-law NaomiRut is associated with the holiday of Shavuot because, with great self-sacrifice, she finds her way to the ultimate truth of the Torah. As she movingly declares to Naomi, “your people shall be my people, and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16).


This redemptive experience leads Rut to become the matriarch of King David’s royal lineage, and the ultimate ancestress of the Mashiach, who will bring the whole world to recognize Hashem and the Torah He gave on Mount Sinai on the holiday of Shavuot.

Rabbi Tuly Weisz

About Rabbi Tuly Weisz

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Rabbi Naphtali “Tuly” Weisz served as a rabbi for five years at the Beth Jacob Congregation in Columbus, Ohio before moving to Israel with his family. He attended Yeshiva University (BA), Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Rabbinic Ordination) and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (JD). He is the founder of Israel365, an organization that promotes the significance of the Land of Israel through a variety of innovative platforms. Rabbi Weisz is the editor of The Israel Bible.


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  • Pam Crockett

    I am trying to learn to read Hebrew scripture not good at it though the number 1,4 and 7th words on the second verse look out of place along with number 5,8 and 12 on fourth verse in the Hebrew . When I clicked on one it showed the English word Shem that I believe is more close to the Hebrew spelling though I thought Shem would start with a shin. Thank you for providing this site to help me to learn the scriptures in Hebrew. Pam C.

  • Esa Heiska

    My dear jewish friends I just feel so utterly enthusiastic when getting contact with You Jewish scolars and teachers of the Holy scriptures…!!! My English it not perfect, no, far from it, but I’m very sure, that with help of the Holy One of Israel my Englis is getting better and better – all the time. Giving thanks to HaShem every day for that.

    And the Lord willing I’m going to do many questions…and comments as well. And I will introduce myself a little bit as well. My dear Friends, as for me, “Your people is my people, and Your G-d is my G-d”, just like Ruth the Moabitess!
    Loving and blessing You all, Yours in HIS NAME, Esa Heiska

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