David Arnow

Fishing for Life’s Big Lessons in the Book of Jonah

As Yom Kippur draws to a close, we read the deceptively simple book of Jonah. Three themes tie this all-too-relevant story together: the emptiness of self-absorption, the possibility that those who have disappointed us can change and the ultimate reality of interdependence.THE EMPTINESS OF SELF-ABSORPTIONWhy does Jonah flee when called to prophesy

In Every Generation, Finding Redemption in the Seder

A single word captures the concern of the Passover Haggada: redemption.Encyclopedia Judaica defines redemption as “salvation from the states or circumstances that destroy the value of human existence or human existence itself.” At its core lies a relatively simple idea: The future will be better than the present. Not just a little brighter —