Megilia 31a which lists Jonah as a Haftorah
reading for Yom Kippur.
He clearly had links with Jewish religious life as a young boy because he celebrated his bar-mitzvah by reciting the maftir and haftorah
of Balak and there are records also that he played the piano at synagogue functions.
Instead, it was followed by a very traditionally Jewish Torah service, complete with readers chanting from a Torah scroll in Hebrew and the reading of the Haftorah
portion, a selection from Isaiah.
Like a long singing from the Haftorah
, the 63-minute-plus "Kaddish" only explodes at the end, shuddering toward a dissolution that, here, is the only way to wholeness.
We celebrated Passover each spring more as a cultural rite (waiting impatiently for the matzoh ball soup as Grandpa davenned the Hagadah), wore suits and ties on the High Holy Days in the fall ("out of respect," my mother said, and, boy, was it a scandal in the apartment house when my friend Mitchell was seen heading for the playground on Yom Kippur in dungarees), and the boys suffered through endless early evenings in Cheder, paying dues toward that one Saturday morning when the bar mitzvah boy would be called to read from the Haftorah
(when the congregation would be outnumbered by friends and relatives whose synagogue experiences were usually limited to such occasions).
At one point I felt it necessary to ask if they wanted to hear me recite my haftorah