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Story Of Jonah

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Jonah Past Questions Explain how the story of Jonah might influence Jews in their attitude towards other people... The story of Jonah might influence the attitude Jews show other people in multiple ways. Jonah shows how his profession is being a Jew. "I am Hebrew and I fear Hashem", Jonah said. This will encourage Jews not to be ashamed of whom they are but instead speak as if they were a Jew - using knowledge and wisdom they learnt from a synagogue, rabbi or the Torah; not hiding their kippah, tzitzit or teffilin; etcetera. They should not lie or hide who they are, for they are a Jew, and they must act in a Jew-like manner towards other beings. ...read more.


If one does wrong, they should be given another chance and if they do right then they should be forgiven. For example, if a non-Jew is seen speaking about someone behind their back by a Jew, they should be told that what they're doing is wrong and if the put it right, excused. Non-Jews usually do things down to ignorance for the Jewish laws - just as the people of Nineveh did. "Jonah was a very weak man and is not a good example for people to follow today." Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show you have though about the other point of view. Refer to Judaism in your answer. ...read more.


Jonah is then given a second chance and he takes up this opportunity. He does as God originally asked and goes to Nineveh to tell them that their town will be overturned if they do not repent. On the other hand, Jonah could be seen as a weak man because he ran from a request from God. This shows he was scared or anxious about what would happen. He didn't think he could complete the objective or alternatively, didn't want to do it, and so denied it. Also, Jonah was upset about a tree that he didn't grow dying. Someone who gets upset about something like that could be seen as weak and vulnerable. If Jonah had raised and kept the tree, then that would be understandable, however he did not - God did. In conclusion, I think Jonah was a strong man and he is loyal to Judaism. ...read more.

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