He Who Must Not Be Named? The Curious Case of Ploni Almoni
Rachel Rosenthal / November 16, 2014
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In the Book of Ruth, names are of paramount significance, but Ruth's would-be redeemer seems to be consciously nameless. How did the rabbis understand this omission, and what are we to learn from the man who has no name?
Rachel Rosenthal teaches in the Dr. Beth Samuels High School Program. She is a PhD candidate in Rabbinic Literature at JTS, where she serves as an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Talmud. A graduate of the Drisha Scholars Circle, she teaches at the Drisha Institute and in Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study at JTS. She has been a Graduate Fellow in the Center for Jewish Law at Cardozo Law School, and a Wabash Teaching Fellow at JTS. She is a member of the board of Darkhei Noam, where she serves as co-chair of the Ritual Committee. Rachel holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Click here to access podcasts recorded by Rachel Rosenthal.