Prophet on the Run: Jonah and the Meaning of Yom Kippur

September 24, 2016 Sharon Free
Jonah and the Whale by Pieter Lastman (1583–1633)
Jonah and the Whale by Pieter Lastman (1583–1633)

Young Israel of Sharon

Pre-Selichot Program

Rabbi David Fohrman

Prophet on the Run:

Jonah and the Meaning of

Yom Kippur

An analysis of the Book of Jonah. Why did Jonah run? How does the end of the book make any sense — what is that strange story about the worm and the gourd? Is Yom Kippur about something larger than repentance?

Rabbi Fohrman is the founder and driving force behind, a website that offers commentaries on Tanach through a unique video style. He has authored three books:  The Queen You Thought You Knew, The Beast That Crouches at the Door (a finalist for the 2007 National Jewish Book Award), and most recently, The Exodus You Almost Passed Over (2016).

Rabbi Fohrman is part of a recent resurgent movement in Torah exegesis, using intertextuality (word and thematic cross-referencing) and picks up on other literary techniques (chiasms, archetypal stories, etc.) to extract deeply rooted meaning. In many ways, it continues a midrashic tradition of close textual reading. Rabbi Fohrman’s lectures are always insightful, engaging, and accessible to participants with a wide array of backgrounds.


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