Midrash: Jonah and Yom Kippur, "This fish ain’t no accident!"

by Hylan Slobodkin

September 30, 2017

The word gadol, is usually translated big or large, but it also means great or huge. It’s an important word in the book of Jonah. It appears fourteen times. There was a great wind and a great storm, a great fish, and the sailors' fear was great. Three times the city of Nineveh is described as great. The repetition says that the story is more than just a story. It’s a big story! A great story! And we have much to learn from it.
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