Unformatted text preview: the barley harvest (Ruth 1.22), the tradition that King David, one of Ruth’s descendants, was born and died at this time, and the relationship between Israel’s assumption of the Torah at Mount Sinai seven weeks after the Exodus and Ruth’s acceptance of Judaism. Lamentations, a series of dirges commemorating the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, is read on the ninth of the month of Ab, a fast day on which these events, and the destruction of the Second Temple as well, are said to have taken place. The somber mood of Ecclesiastes, read in the fall on the Feast of Booths, is thought to be a reflection of the season. Esther is read on Purim, the joyous holiday celebrating the salvation of the Jews as related in the book. —CARL S. EHRLICH...
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- Fall '08
- Judaism, Ruth, Tanakh, Jewish liturgical cycle, —CARL S. EHRLICH, Ruth’s acceptance