High Holidays 5779
The story of Jonah, a story we turn to during the waning hours of daylight on Yom Kippur, has a stronghold on us. On one level, the connection between the story of Jonah and Yom Kippur is evident. It’s a story about the possibility of atonement and the power of teshuvah for both a community gone astray as well as an individual who turns his back on God. But there might be another reading contained within the story of Jonah that is also deeply resonant with Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Not only is Jonah a powerful story about atonement and teshuvah, it is also a story about hope and the possibility of new beginnings.