va-ya-MU-tu gam sh’-nay-HEM makh-LON v’-khil-YON va-ti-sha-AYR ha-i-SHAH mi-sh’-NAY y’-la-DE-ha u-may-ee-SHAH
1:5 So the woman was left without her two sons and without her husband
The Sages teach that Machlon, Kilyon and their father Elimelech were all leaders of their generation, yet the text is silent regarding the reason for their untimely deaths. According to Rashi, their punishment was the result of the grave sin of abandoning the Land of Israel during a famine. Their actions greatly demoralized the struggling nation. This first lesson of Megillat Rut contains a valuable message for us today. We must not to turn our backs on the Promised Land, especially in her time of need.