Sep 24, 2012

Inside the Belly of the Whale

In the Jewish tradition, the ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending Yom Kippur are known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim). These days are customarily meant to be a time of introspection and self-examination, a time to ask forgiveness from God. Tradition has it that God has books, which we at Kar-Ben can appreciate. According to the Talmud, God opens the Book of Life on Rosh Hashanah, giving his people the opportunity to ask for forgiveness and to solidify their name being inscribed in the Book of Life on Yom Kippur.

The Book of Jonah is read on Yom Kippur, showing us the importance of forgiveness and second chances. We read of God giving the Ninevites a second chance and learn through Jonah’s actions the importance of gratitude and having an appreciatory mindset through life.
This Yom Kippur, explore these ideals with Oh No, Jonah! by Tilda Balsley. In this playfully written children’s version of the Book of Jonah, children are introduced to these Jewish principles, showing that everyone deserves the opportunity to change and be forgiven. Come explore Jonah’s journey!
by Max Edwards

illustration by Jago, from Oh No, Jonah!