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In an apt tribute to International Women’s Day, Rabba Yaffa Epstein of Jerusalem’s Pardes Insitute sought to explain how a pro-conversion story about a non-Jewish woman named Ruth became a part of our essential Jewish texts. Against all odds, she plays a vital role in Jewish history as the great grandmother of King David. The great message of her story is to choose faith, love and kindness as merits for joining the Jewish people. The convert is therefore more beloved by God than the multitude who stood at Sinai because they needed signs to believe, while converts accept the subtleties without miracles. Like Abraham, Ruth’s story reminds us that Jewish practice is a choice for every one of us.

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