The book of Jonah, life and my reflections #13

"When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live”." (Jonah 4, 8) This is the second time that Yona claims: "It would be better for me to die than to live" and for the hundredth time I repeat, ""It would be better for me to live than to die". A few years ago I created an art work dealing with the whole and the broken. In this work one can see the complete tablets of the Covenant and on the other side the broken tablets. The work emphasizes the fact that in every person there is a break and the pursuit of perfection is neither realistic nor intelligent -

The book of Jonah, life and my reflections #12

"But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered". (Jonah 4, 7 The story of the dry castor tree brought to mind the wisdom of Chinese medicine - if your head hurts, you have to hit the thumb with a hammer - the pain in the hand will be so intense that the headache will be forgotten; and on reverse, even the popular wisdom of Judaism tells of a rabbi who was visited by a poor family that had a request: "Rabbi, what shall we do? We earn a small living and we live in cramped quarters, eight people in one room. It's hard for us. The rabbi advised them to bring a goat home and return to him after a week. When they returned to the rabbi after seven days, th

The book of Jonah, life and my reflections #11

" Then the LORD God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant" (Jonah 4, 6) Jonah cannot stand the fact that his mission was successful and he became unreliable - therefore he leaves the city. But there are higher values than the fulfillment of prophecy and the reliability of the prophet - saving god's creation, if they are found worthy of rescue. I recalled a song by the singer Shuli Nathan, with which I identify: "Give me the complete tranquility concerning things that I cannot change. Please give me the courage to change things in my power and please give me the wisdom to distinguish b

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