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Jonah, Book

Why Does God Really Spare Nineveh

The Book of Jonah depicts the animals being dressed in sackcloth and mourning along with the people. Are the Ninevites fools or repentants?

Dr. Rabbi

David Frankel



Jonah's Recalcitrant Prayer

Why God Repeats his Command to Jonah a Second Time

Prof. Rabbi

Jonathan Magonet



Yom Kippur and the Nature of Fasting

Jewish tradition places a strong emphasis on the importance of repentance on Yom Kippur. It finds its way into Yom Kippur through a post biblical association between fasting and repentance. But what does fasting signify in the Bible and what did it mean originally in the context of Leviticus 16?


David Lambert



Jonah's Magical Mystery Tour of the Netherworld

After being swallowed by a fish, Jonah prays to God in its belly. Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer reads this prayer midrashically, as a description of an alternative mission for Jonah in the underworld, in which he saves the fish from the Leviathan and promises to bring it (the Leviathan) as a sacrifice for the righteous in the end of days.


Rachel Adelman



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