What Boaz can teach in the age of #MeToo


Boaz and Ruth in the field.

(JTA)-"I have ordered the men not to molest you." (Ruth 2:9)

With these words, Boaz, the wealthy landowner, tells Ruth, the destitute Moabite, a stranger in Bethlehem, that she is not only free to glean in his fields and to gather what the reapers may drop, but that she will be safe while doing so.

Although Ruth does not work for Boaz, her situation is not unlike that of women today who depend for their livelihoods on men with power. As such, the Book of Ruth-which is read on Shavuot, the Jewish festival that begins Saturday night-offers some valuable insights about correcting for these...

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