Can you think of other movies with a similar theme about love and loyalty?
Debate: Marriage: arranged, or for love?
Debate Topic: ‘that arranged marriages have a better chance of success than marriages for love’.
The debate can be as formal (with a panel of judges and an audience) or informal (around the kitchen table) as you wish.
Divide into two groups, one to argue for the statement, one to argue against.
Make a list of points that support your argument, and points the other side may raise.
Decide who will speak on behalf of the group.
Nominate a chairperson to regulate the debate. You may also have a panel of judges if this is a formal debate.
Find out the rules for debating; make sure everyone knows these rules.
Hold the debate.
Listen to feedback from each person who spoke.
Have a debriefing session where members of the team speak about the experience, with appropriate feedback and opinions.
In defense of a good woman
The story of Ruth is set in the period of the Judges before the birth of King David, when the Jewish tribes were battling for survival.
But it was almost certainly written down much later, after the exile in Babylon, when the Jewish people had returned to Jerusalem an were trying to re-establish their identity. At that crucial time the leaders of the people decreed that
Jews could not marry foreign women
Jewish men had to divorce foreign wives and take Jewish wives instead.
The Book of Ruth is a protest against these new laws. It describes a foreign woman (Ruth) who was not only a loyal member of a Jewish family, but an ancestress of King David, the great national hero of the Jewish people.
1. What interests you most about the story?
2. In the story, who speaks and who listens? Who acts? Who gets what they want?
3. If you were in the story, which person would you want to be friends with? Which person would you avoid?
4. The narrator/editor has chosen to tell some things and leave other things out. What has been left out of the story that you would like to know? For example, why does Ruth choose not to go back to her family? Why does Orpah choose instead to leave Naomi?
5. Is the story relevant in some way to your own life, or to the modern world? Does it remind you of some aspect of your own story?
You’ll find a Step-by-step Guide to Mediations on the story of Ruth and Naomi at