I’m not sure that my own views on the Divine are settled. I find the demographic realities of the Jewish community to be unsettling. I struggle mightily with the motivations and convictions of West Bank settlers. I travel so much for work that I inevitably feel unsettled. I worry that in
BY: MATT BAR
The people of Nineveh are foils to our noble, statue-worthy sailors. These people are aging waifs that flitter as thin leaves with but shreds of plant-fiber holding them to the tree of life. Yet how recalcitrant at Jonah’s call they become! King, Noble, farmer and his cattle revert from the depths of depravity to soar to the heights of holy at the instant Jonah roars out his warning. Fasts, rituals and tshuvah bloom forth, like a capital city celebrating in a holier galaxy. When have we ever heard of such a phenomenon in the Bible – a prophet being listened to?! Furthermore, at first blush!