The Prophet Yona and Maftir Yona
Wednesdays, August 23 to September 20 - 1:00 pm Eastern, 8:00 pm Israel
Yona is a book marked by omissions and mysteries. Using midrash and classic biblical commentary, we will explore this intriguing narrative and its relevance to our lives.
Session 1: Yona’s flight
Why does God choose the reluctant Yona to deliver His message to Nineveh? Why does Yona flee?
Session 2: Yona’s descent to the ‘Heart of the Seas’
Chapter 2 of the Book of Yona is a psalm unlike other psalms in Tanach. How are we to understand it?
Session 3: Nineveh’s Repentance and Yona’s Response
Why does Nineveh’s repentance teach us about teshuva? What does Yona’s response teach us about him and us?
Session 4: Maftir Yona and the Thirteen Attributes
Why does the haftarah end with an addendum from Micha?
Session 5: Why we read Yona on Yom Kippur