Sunday, June 04, 2006

Beautiful Wish for the Future

I find it fascinating that things haven't changed a bit at girls' schools since I attended one. My daughter's take-away message from all of her pre-Shavuot studies? That in Megillat Ruth, Ruth was very "tzniudik" (modest) in how she gleaned in the fields, and that was why Boaz noticed her. I would love, just once, for a teacher to stress the fact that even though Ruth was not Jewish by birth, she was able to marry a great scholar, and have as a descendant David HaMelech, and that this shows us that we have to be accepting of all Jews, whether converts or newly religious, or just those who are different from you. I have a feeling I might be waiting for my kids to get that take-away message for a long time.
May it happen sooner than we think.


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  2. Hmmm...and I thought it was weird that her mother-in-law told her to go lie down at this great scholar's feet, in the middle of the night, at his grain silo. He then asked her to stay the evening, but made sure she would leave early AM so no one would see her there...?

    Not exactly a lesson in modern day tzniut, is it?

    I always forget how they explain that in yeshiva elementary schools...

  3. Thanks, Ezzie. Though amazingly, there seem to be people who actually find fit to disagree with that wish. And natch, they found their way to my comment thread. Sigh.

  4. I love that!
    But it did take until Dovid was annointed the next king for Ruth to be 100% exonerated.

  5. Jameel - Yeah, I always loved that. I'm sure if someone did that nowadays she'd be the paragon of tzniyus. :)

    OM - Yeah, I noticed. :( Ah well - that's what you get for writing well these days...

    Kasamba - True.

  6. I agree with the general point of the post but can't the same point be made without denigrating tznius?

  7. Anonymous said...

    I agree with the general point of the post but can't the same point be made without denigrating tznius?

    Where did anyone here denigrate Tzniyus?

  8. Anon - I'm not sure where anyone denigrated tznius...