Monday, June 2, 2014

Shavuot: A Call for an Agrarian Torah

Shavuot: A Call for an Agrarian Torah
"Too poor to afford food, Ruth goes to glean barley in the field of a wealthy farmer named Boaz. Boaz turns out to be a close relative of Naomi's late husband, and he is therefore a family redeemer who can marry Ruth. Often overlooked as part of his role, Boaz is also the person who can reclaim the land Naomi's family had to sell in the famine (see Leviticus 25:23-28 for laws on relatives redeeming land for each other). In marrying each other and reacquiring the family's land, Boaz and Ruth reunite the land with its family."

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