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The story of Rus starts anonymously stating Vayeilech Ish MiBais Lechem Yehuda, without giving his name. Only later after he arrives in Moav does the pasuk tell us that his name was Elimelech and his wife was Na'ami. Why not tell us right away?

The Chasam Sofer explains that the gemara says that it was a generation who had absolutely no respect for their leaders. Elimelech was a great tzaddik and so was his wife Na'ami. Yet no one followed their righteous example or paid any heed to their words. Their departure was a non-event as no one cared or noticed.

Yet as with all bad people, they never cease to take advantage of good gossip and create a Chilul Hashem. The moment these great tzaddikim arrived in Moav they became the talk of Eretz Yisroel. They went from beiing Ish M'Bais Lechem Yehuda to real personalities by the names of Elimelech, Na'ami, Machlon, and Kilyon. These are tzaddikim, the people complained. How dare they leave their flock behind to die in hunger!

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 03:00:00 +0000
Why Did Elimelech Choose Moav Out of All Places?

Elimelech was a leader in his generation, respected and prominent, with the material means to save his people from famine.  Despite his status, he abandons his people in their time of need, including his own relatives, taking only his wife and two sons with him.  Rashi says clearly that his motivation for leaving Eretz Yisrael was due to his selfishness – he did not want to share his wealth to save his people.  In addition to the physical danger he abandoned his people to, his departure was an emotional blow as well.  Bnei Yisrael lost all hope and succumbed to despair when he left them in the throes of a famine. 

And where did he go when he left Eretz Yisrael?  Of all places, he chose to go to Moav, the nation which was expressly forbidden to join the congregation of Hashem. Moav, whose very name alludes to their sinful origins.  Moav, who had refused to provide food and water for Bnei Yisrael when they left Mitzrayim.   In fact, unfortunately, Elimelech shared the trait of selfishness with the Moavim, so he was able to blend into their society. (Gra)

Tue, 18 May 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Megilas Rus - Rav Itzele Volozhin - Naomi Kept Her Eye On Rus's Every Step Rav Chaim Kanievsky was once asked how can we be Meilitz Yosher on the us Jews when our enemies show a great willingness to blow themselves up for their beliefs while we do not display such bravery?  He answered that they are being driven to suicide by the very powerful Yetzer Hara, whereas our mesiras nefesh is being obstructed by him.

These same sentiments are echoed by Rav Itzele Volozhiner in Megilas Rus (1:18).  After Rus tells Naomi that she will follow her back to Eretz Yisroel, "VaTeireh Ki Misametzes Hi Lalaches Ita", she saw that Rus was strengthening herself to go with her so she stopped trying to talk her out of it.  What did Naomi see?

Rav Itzele says that in the struggle within every man between spirituality and materialism, the supremacy of one comes at the expense of the other.  Therefore Jews are generally physically weaker than their gentile counterparts.  "Torah Mateshes Kochoi Shel Adam", the torah drains the energy out of  person.  To read Divrei Torah when you are tired is very difficult, but to read a book is much easier.  Learning Torah and doing Mitzvos is physically exhausting task because the pressure has an adverse effect on the body as the gemara says in Shabbos (86b).

Naomi did not want Rus to come with her for the wrong reasons.  She knew that their life would not be easy in Eretz Yisroel.  She kept warning Rus of the difficult life she would face.  When Naomi saw "Ki Misametzes Hi Lalaches", that Rus was "shlepping along" and not skipping with a spring in her step, full of optimism and a twinkle in her eye about the potential good life she would have, she realized that Rus was going for all the right reasons.  She was fighting her Yetzer Hara in order to continue.   Nomia then relented and took Rus along.

When your mission is in doubt, a clear road can often be the sign of the Yetzer Hara hard at work helping you along in the wrong direction.  But when you know you are on the right path, don't let the obstacles scare you.  It is just the Yetzer Hara up to his old tricks.  If you want you will overcome him.

Tue, 18 May 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Elimelech vs. Rus - How Do They Compare? Why would we read Rus on Shavuos? In fact why would we read it at all?? It reveals the humiliating story of the roots of our eternal kingdom. Elimelech should have been the father of the Melucha. Instead due to his reluctance to deal with his people's plight, the entire Malchus Bais Dovid was handed over to a gentile woman who came from a people that were not even allowed to marry into our holy nation.

The Nachlas Yosef answers that on the day of Kabalas Hatorah, Chazal are trying to teach us a valuable lesson. There is only one thing in this world and that is Chesed. "Olam Chesed Yibaneh". So to Chazal tell us, the Torah starts with Chesed (creation) and ends with Chesed (Hashem buries Moshe) and is Chesed through and through.

On the day of Kabalas HaTorah we read Megilas Rus to teach us two great lessons on Chesed.  How far the great will fall without chesed and how the low will rise to great heights through Chesed. Elimelech was the heir of Malchus Bais Yehuda.  He had it all, torah, yiras shamyim, and wealth.  He was the hope and dream of Klal Yisroel.  Unfortunately his weakness was in a very critical trait, Chesed.  This slight failing destroyed everything and rendered him a footnote of history.

Rus, a woman from the hated selfish nation that is even forbidden to assimilate into Am Yisroel, was the epitome of Chesed. She was the daughter of the king yet she followed her destitute widowed mother in law to a foreign land without any justification or motive. No matter who she was or where she came from, she is the matriarch of all of Klal Yisroel's hopes and dreams.

Thu, 13 May 2010 03:00:00 +0000
Rav Yechezkel Abramsky On Boaz's Very Timely Death Once someone asked a shaalah to the Gaon R’ Yechezkel Abramsky on a monetary matter.  The Gaon answered that the matter was perfectly fine, and there was no halachic problem regarding it.  The man then asked, “But what will people say, who are not aware of the depth of the halacha, and will suspect that I acted in contrary to the din?”

The Chazon Yechezkel answered, “What will people say?  And what did the people say who followed the bier of Boaz, who died the day after he took Rus?  The scoffers of that time surely said, ‘It’s no coincidence that he died now.  It’s because he transgressed an issur of the Torah, ‘An Amoni and Maovi should not enter the congregation of Hashem.’  Boaz took a Moavite woman and he was punished immediately.’  They themselves were not aware that the halacha was a Moavite man but not a Moavite woman.  There will always be people who are ready to scoff those who act according to the Din Torah.”

“And Boaz’s death was not a punishment.  On the contrary, Shamayim arranged the events that on the very last day of his life, he would be zocheh to marry Rus, and that Dovid the king of Yisrael would stem from them, and eventually Moshiach!  (Rav Moshe Mordechai Shulzinger Peninei Rabeinnu Yechezkel)

Wed, 27 May 2009 03:00:00 +0000
Boaz: A Simple Hello and The Light of Moshiach “And behold, Boaz came from Beis Lechem and he said to the harvesters, ‘Hashem be with you!  And they said to him, ‘May Hashem bless you!”  What is the significance of this seemingly simple exchange that it was deemed worthy of being recorded for generations to come? The Malbim tells us that Boaz originated the custom of greeting others in the name of Hashem. The name of Hashem was not invoked in everyday mundane conversation until that time.  Boaz, in an attempt to instill a greater Yiras Hashem among that generation initiated the custom.  In fact, that very day, Boaz and his Beis Din had passed the law that it was permissible to use Hashem’s name in greeting. Bnei Yisroel was in need of a greater awareness of the constant presence of Hashem in all day-to-day events.

Boaz was obviously aware of Hashem’s presence in his life, and even took measures to reinforce it to others.  Yet, even Boaz could not have predicted what significance the ordinary events of that day would have for Klal Yisroel. ‘Rav Yitzchak said, “For if Boaz had known that the posuk would write about him, “He handed her parched grain, and she ate and she was satisfied and left over,” he would have fed her fattened calves.”  This simple act of kindness was the beginning of the relationship that would lead to the formation of the dynasty of Moshiach.  

Wed, 04 Jun 2008 03:00:00 +0000