One Hebrew word epitomises the book: chessed, usually translated as “loving kindness”. It is what links the book’s main characters. In fact, it added a word to the English language. In Middle English, “ruth” meant kindness. Today only its negation remains: the word “ruthless”.Interesting, although the Online Etymology Dictionary says it originates from 'Reuthe,' or 'Pity, Compassion,' which it traces back to the verb 'to rue.'
Sunday, June 12, 2005
British Chief Rabbi Sacks explains in a column in the London Times on the book of Ruth:
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