Updated: 2/4/2021

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  • G‑d came to Jonah the son of Amitai saying: "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before Me."
  • The problem was Jonah didn't care about the people of Nineveh and didn't want the responsibility.
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  • So, instead of obeying G-d, Jonah decided Tarshish was a way to escape and fled to the port city of Jaffa and found a ship going to Tarshish.
  • Soon after the boat left, a terrible storm suddenly aroused and tossed the boat around viciously.All the men threw their baggage overboard hoping they wouldn't drown, except Jonah who was peacefully napping below deck.
  • There's a missing passenger below deck! Let me fetch him!
  • Aye, Captain!
  • When asked how he could sleep in such a tempest, Jonah confessed, "I am running away from something G-d asked me to do. It is my fault this is happening. If you throw me into the sea, the storm will stop."
  • The men were reluctant to throw Jonah overboard, but as the storm grew worse they did so. The storm stopped almost immediately.
  • G-d was not done with Jonah yet. He sent a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in his belly for 3 days.
  • In those 3 days of utter darkness and discomfort, Jonah had time to reflect. He prayed and prayed to G-d, begging G-d to forgive him and promising to do better.
  • The people, including the king of Nineveh, believed Jonah, repented, and fasted.
  • Once Jonah had truly repented, G-d ordered the giant fish to vomit Jonah out, on dry land.
  • When G-d asked Jonah to go to Nineveh a 2nd time, he agreed to go.
  • And G-d forgave all the citizens of Ninevehand spared the city!
  • Thank you for telling us. We will listen as He says.
  • In Nineveh, Jonah warned the people that if they continued their evil ways, G-d would destroy the city.
  • Jonah left the city furious with G-d's decision to not punish the people and stormed off to be alone.
  • He'll destroy everything in this city in 40 days time if you don't listen!
  • "Should I not be concerned for Nineveh, that great city, with its more than 120,000 persons?"
  • Jonah teaches us valuable lessons about compassion and repentance. It shows all people can connect with G-d if they do it with sincerity.
  • During Jonah's isolation, he mourns a dying plant to which G-d compares the people of Nineveh.