The Book of Jonah

A Social Justice Commentary

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Shmuly Yanklowitz
  • Philadelphia: 
    Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Press
    , May
     186 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Book of Jonah is a unique text in the Jewish canon. Among the shortest books in the Bible, it is also one of the most mysterious and morally ambiguous. Who is this prophet running from God, hiding at the bottom of the ocean? Why does he struggle with God's mission to save and forgive Israel's enemies? In this volume, Rabbi Dr. Yanklowitz shows that the Book of Jonah delivers a message of human responsibility in a shared world. Illuminating such contemporary ethical issues as animal welfare, incarceration, climate change, weapons of mass destruction, and Jewish-Muslim relations, this social justice commentary urges us to join in repairing a broken world—a call that we, unlike Jonah, must hasten to answer.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the President and Dean of Valley Beit Midrash, Founder and President of Uri L’Tzedek, Founder and CEO of The Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, and Founder and President of YATOM: The Jewish Foster and Adoption Network.


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