Have you ever considered why the Book of Ruth begins with a famine? What is the significance? Why is Ruth traditionally read at the start of Shavuot? In this teaching, Ralph Messer examines questions like this, and how the answers are tied to the history and culture during which the story of Ruth occurs. Additionally, learn about the significance of concepts like famine, widows, harvest, gleaning, and God’s provision. Through this, discover how there is an important lesson of returning in the Book of Ruth that still benefits us in our lives today.