As you are aware by now, last week we celebrated Shavuot and had a chance to do some great learning. One of my favorite discussions, and one I thought our readers would appreciate, came from a session early in the night with my Rebbetzin, T. The class was on Megilat Ruth.
T introduced the class by commenting on the juxtaposition of what we read on the different days of Shavuot. The first day we read about the receiving of the Torah. It is a big, loud and flashy moment, filled with thunder and lightening. The key players in this are God and Moses, and as such it is a true testament to manly strength. Meanwhile, on the second day we read the story of Ruth (and Naomi) which contains a uniquely close style of relationship, most common amongst women. One of the key things this can teach us to value personal relationships.
While we have to maintain relationships with both Hashem and with the people in our lives, we must remember to balance them. That one without the other, is somehow less meaningful.
This post was originally published at Redefining Rebbetzin.