This week's learning was kindly sponsored by Autumn Mael in honor of Lynn Mael's Birthday
The Ways of Peace - Perek 30
In Perek 30, Yirmiyahu writes a milestone letter to the Israelites already exiled with Yechonya to Babylon. In the letter, instead of blaming them for their exile, he offers words of comfort and hope. Among his advice, he offers the most counter intuitive advice to a minority in a larger foreign culture. He advises that they buy land, make houses, plant gardens and establish themselves by marrying and having children. He tells them to seek out the peace of the mother culture. How could he expect them to maintain their identity in such a place? Yet, Yirmiyahu is actually giving the guidance to the diaspora Jews across millenia. In the words of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, in his work "To Heal a Fractured World" (page 102):
Here's the way it works. From Monday to Thursday I will be posting a 5 minute podcast of the chapter of the day. It will be a brief summary with a few points to ponder. I will also be sending out the Sefaria text so you can use it.