Mara is a very bitter name for a very bitter woman.  Dear, if you’re name is Mara, that doesn’t mean your parents thought you were an angry child, hehe!  This is just the name Naomi chose for herself, so don’t have regrets if this happens to be your name, too.

l want to now ask you something about Ruth’s field job in Bethlehem.  The welfare system in Israel that I mentioned earlier was set up so that the poor could go behind the reapers of a field and pick up whatever they missed.  What was this practice called?