Ruth, Covenant, and Safe Communities

This text study is based on what was originally a d’var torah (a sermonic teaching) on the book of Ruth, traditionally read on the spring holiday of Shavuot. It highlights the concept of brit, covenant, and the themes of safety and power. Discussion questions invite participants to reflect on the written and unwritten practices and policies that support safety from abuse. This material can be used to directly ground discussion of policy development and enforcement or to raise these issues in the context of a Shavuot study session.