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Yom Kippur: Sefer Yonah, by Rav Alex Israel

Are you preparing for Yom Kippur?

Why do we read the incredible story of Jonah on Yom Kippur?
Is it to demonstrate how quickly the people of Nineveh do Teshuva?

Actually, think about it! Isn’t their Teshuva a little too radical, too extreme too quick? An entire city doing Teshuva instantaneously? Really? Do people work like that?

So possibly there is another message here.
We shall argue that this is a story of God’s abundant mercy, and it is a message for us (and maybe God too!) to underscore just how far God will go in caring for his creations.

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