Reading Ruth


Dear Rabbi,

Why is the Book of Ruth read on Shavuot?

Thank you



  1. One explanation is that Ruth’s tremendous self-sacrifice in abandoning her country, her wealth and her comfort in order to become part of the Jewish people is a lesson to us all about priorities in life.

    Another reason is that on Shavuot we all look upon ourselves as converts to Judaism. When the Jewish people came to Mount Sinai, they unconditionally accepted the entire Torah and God’s sovereignty. They purified themselves, the men were circumcised and the entire nation entered into a covenant with God. Each of these steps is repeated by every righteous convert to Judaism.

    A third reason is that Ruth’s great-grandson was King David, who was born on Shavuot (and 70 years later, died on Shavuot). The Messiah will ultimately trace his lineage to King David.

    Best wishes from the Team