On the day of Rosh Hashanah


9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”
“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”
10 But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

I thought of this text today. Could not get out of my head for my whole life the pathos of not knowing the left from the right, the basis of mercy being our utter ignorance and aimlessness as human beings, and THAT is why God did not destroy Nineveh (Mosul) despite Jonah losing all patience with these human jerks.  And then today, on the eve of Jewish judgment day, with no warning, the left hand and right hand signals on my car cease to function in the middle of driving.  And i have to rush on the eve of the holiday to see if i can fix it because when i cannot tell anyone whether I am going to the right or to the left i can get me and them killed.  And I think to myself: hmmm.


© Marc Gopin