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comment When did Ruth convert?
@msh210 I believe the two points are intertwined, the fact that she is continually called a moabite seems to indicate the she has not converted. to prove that she converted at any point I believe one needs to address this second issue as well. should I perhaps add it to the original question?
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comment When did Ruth convert?
Note that answer would ostensibly also have to assume that Orpah was an ailonis as well.
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comment When did Ruth convert?
@DoubleAA that argument is not persuasive as, at best, the word becomes superfluous each and every time it is used and at worst it is a stinging reminder of her gentile past which the Torah instructs us not to do.
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comment When did Ruth convert?
that is a very interesting solution. I wonder how this would effect the existence of a mitzvah of yibum. If she was a minor at the time of her husband's death would the mitzvah of yibum still apply once she attained her majority? I would further reiterate my question in the comment above, that if this is the case why does the megilah continue to refer to her as rus ha'moaviah?
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comment When did Ruth convert?
@DoubleAA I think it would need to say that she converts if scripture tells you at the beginning that she is a gentile and she ends up marrying Boaz, the leader of the generation. The ikar is chasar from the sefer! I believe your reading of the malbim is correct, as she would need witnesses to her tevilah, but that comes back to above comment, why does she continue to be referred to as Ruth the Moabite if she has converted?
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comment When did Ruth convert?
@EytanYammer if that is the case how do we explain that scripture continues to call her Ruth the Moabite?
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asked When did Ruth convert?