In reading up on a small point in Jonah, namely, the sailors jettisoning the cargo, I found to my delight that the Encyclopedia Judaica is available online, free and with no registration required. Perhaps this has been the case for some time and I just never knew it. It is a very good resource, and so I thought I would bring it to your attention.
By the way, on the issue of throwing cargo overboard? The Talmud writes that the decisions need to be made based on the weight of the cargo, not its value. So, if it's heavy, it doesn't matter that it is expensive!
Isaac M. Alderman
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