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The ruby is among the most highly prized of gemstones. Large rubies are harder to find than large diamonds, emeralds and sapphires. As a result, the value of a ruby increases with size more than any other gemstone. In the Orient, rubies were once believed to contain the spark of life – “a deep drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth,” according to ancient Eastern legends.

In Praise of Wisdom

“Better Than Rubies” is a strange name for a blog, I’ll give you that. It was inspired by the Wisdom literature of the Bible, part of the Ketuvim (the Writings) of the Hebrew Bible.

For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Proverbs 8:11, New International Version

I think that too many people today have stopped listening to the wisdom imparted by former generations, by literature, by writings of holy books, and by sitting down and just meditating on life and how we fit in it. I know that I myself have gone into autopilot mode for the past few years. And who wouldn’t when you’re working full-time, raising a toddler, maintaining a classical musical training, all while trying to have a meaningful relationship with your spouse and some semblance of a social life. I have stopped meditating or even just sitting down without the TV on and thinking. But that ends now and I hope you will join me in my journey of seeking wisdom.

In Praise of Women

I am also fascinated by the use of rubies as a comparison for “a virtuous woman.” When I read that, I don’t think of the old fashioned notions and roles that women held in past generations. I think of character, strength, independence and fierce courage. I believe that’s what it takes to be a virtuous woman today – a woman that leaves behind a trace of goodness, compassion, and inspiration wherever she goes and in whatever she undertakes. Research shows that empowering girls and women in developing countries yields some of the highest returns of all investments – both private and social benefits that accrue to individuals, families, and to society at large. (Source: http://www.web.worldbank.org) That’s why Care Canada runs an entire campaign targeted to educating girls and women called “I Am Powerful.” When women are empowered, everyone benefits.

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.

Proverbs 31:10, King James Bible

Looking for hidden gems

Finding flawless, large rubies is, I am told, rare. I hope my search for wisdom and my exploration of women’s issues won’t be. I look forward to your comments and to reading your blogs.


How do you define wisdom? What is a “virtuous woman” and is that someone we really need in today’s world?

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