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וַתִּשֶּׂנָה קוֹלָן, וַתִּבְכֶּינָה עוֹד; וַתִּשַּׁק עָרְפָּה לַחֲמוֹתָהּ, וְרוּת דָּבְקָה בָּהּ.
Orpah kissed her mother-in-law farewell, but Ruth clung to her. [Translation by Rabbi Steven Greenberg]
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. Some people use the story of Ruth and Naomi as biblical source for closeness between women. What in the Ruth and Naomi story might argue against their being a romantic tie between the women?

2. Can you find a hint that might help to portray this tie as tinged with the possibility of romantic love? (Check out Genesis 2: 24)

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Time Period: Biblical (early ancestors to 165 BCE)