Every year on Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth. No, it’s not about a petite but mighty Supreme Court justice. The Biblical Ruth was a Moabite (aka a non-Jewish woman) whose Jewish husband died. Her mother in-law Naomi urged Ruth to return to her home. But Ruth instead pledged her loyalty to Naomi saying, “wherever you go, I will go; your people shall be my people.” 

Family isn’t only those we’re related to by birth. Family often includes those we choose to play a significant role in our lives. This summer, celebrate Ruth’s legacy by sending a note of love and thanks to your chosen family. 

Why do they mean so much to you?
How have they helped you become the person you are today?
What do you wish for them in the future?


Type of Custom: Shavuot

Holiday/Event: Shavuot