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The puppets represent Ruth and Jacob performing on the stage of history. Ruth gathers the sheaves of wheat in Boaz’s field while Jacob—wearing the sheepskin—carries food for his father. Naomi directs Ruth, and Rebecca directs Jacob, each woman acting with the conviction that she is doing God’s will. In turn, both Naomi and Rebecca are puppets in the hands of God. 
Illustrations by Caryl Herzfeld