This morning (5/27/22), in our "Machshavah Lab" series for women, we examined the very strange dialogue between Naomi, Orpah, and Rus. The major question we had was: What was Naomi trying to accomplish here? Thanks to the Ralbag's commentary, backed by the Rambam's presentation of the halachos, we were able to make sense of Naomi's words and actions AND we gained insight into (ahem) Judaism's nuanced attitude towards converts. We even addressed the prevalent misconception that a prospective convert is supposed to be turned away three times before being accepted for conversion.
רלב"ג - ביאור הפרשה א:י,יד,יח
רלב"ג - תועלת א-ב
רמב"ם – משנה תורה: ספר קדושה, הלכות איסורי ביאה יג:יד-יח; יד:א-ו
רות רבה - א:טז
שלחן ערוך יורה דעה רסח:ב
ערוך השולחן יורה דעה רסח:ו
סנהדרין דף צט עמוד ב
מהרש"א - חידושי אגדה שם
ספר הרוקח הלכות שבת סימן קי
אלשיך - רות א:טז
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