In Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet, Erica takes us on a journey over land and sea, in the footsteps of the Bible’s most recalcitrant prophet. Melding traditional commentators, rabbinic literature, modern biblical scholarship, psychological sensitivity, and artistic imagination, Brown travels through the four chapters of Jonah’s story − tracing his call to leadership, his subsequent intransigence, his momentary rise to duty and his tragic resignation − in an effort to discover God’s ultimate lesson for him.
Erica provides us with a glimpse into the tormented soul of the prophet as he grapples with the notion of a forgiving God who is concerned even with the welfare of Israel’s strongest adversary. As God struggles to teach His prophet to expand his vision and take up his divine mission, we come to understand the Divine call given to each of us to rise up to the possibility of greatness. After all, if God can change His plan, we can change as well.
Weekly Jewish Wisdom
Sept 14, 2017
The Highs and Lows of the Days of Awe
Some call this period the High Holidays. Yet a lot of this period is spent in the lows, not the highs. We question the year behind us and the year ahead. We struggle with our frailty and our wrongdoing. We find ourselves at moments expected and unexpected gobsmacked by our inadequacies, open, vulnerable and broken. We reflect on relationships that have soured, ways in which we have not mustered the capacity to ask for forgiveness or truly accept it from others. The doldrums of repentance make us small and humble. There’s not a lot of height if the High Holidays are doing their work well.
Tweets on the Today's Page of Talmud (Daf Yomi)
"Well done is better than well said," Benjamin Franklin.
Sanhedrin 66b: "There is nothing more (to be said on the matter)." Really? In the Talmud it seems there is always something more to be said.
"If it's good enough for the righteous, it's good enough for the self-righteous, I always say," Bette Midler.
Sanhedrin 65b: "If the righteous wish, they can create a world." Someone who acts like God can create like God.
"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away," Elvis Presley.
Sanhedrin 64a: "The seal of the Holy One, Blessed be He, is truth." What is divine may be Truth with a capital "T" but not truth on earth.