Shavuot is a day of judgment. We are judged by how much spirituality we have gained in the preceding year. Have we gained in Torah? Mitzvot? Midot? We read the book of Ruth, (David haMelech’s grandmother), to (re)teach acceptance of Torah, chesed toward family, patience and following in the ways of Hashem. Hardship can be a tool for learning and growth. Tell Hashem you want to do better and to be closer to Him.
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