Yirmeyahu – The Book of Jeremiah
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שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato 01: Introduction This shiur introduces our study of Sefer Yirmeyahu. We will discuss the introductory verses of the book, including the biographical information provided about the prophet and the background of the time period in which he lived. We will also discuss the place of this sefer among the other books of the Prophets, as well as the structure of the book.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #01b: “Before I Formed You In The Belly I Knew You” – Yirmeyahu’s Prophecy of Consecration (1:4-19) [Part I] In this shiur, we will study the consecration prophecy of Yirmeyahu, comparing it to the opening prophecies of Yeshayahu and Moshe. We will focus on what this consecration prophecy teaches us about Yirmeyahu and his prophecies in general and the significance of the fact that God chose the prophet "from the womb."
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #02: The Prophecy of Consecration [Part II] – The Visions (1:11-19) In this shiur, we will study Yirmeyahu's first two visions - that of the rod of an almond tree and that of the boiling pot. We will discuss the significance of these opening visions, their deeper meaning, and the similarities and differences between them. We will conclude by studying God's words of encouragement to the prophet as he begins his mission.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #03: From Love to Betrayal, Yirmeyahu's First Prophecy of Rebuke (Chapter 2) In this shiur, we will study Yirmeyahu's first prophecy conveyed to Israel.Chapter 2 is comprised of a series of sections, linked one to the next linguistically and substantively. Together they paint a difficult, varied, and penetrating picture of the moral and spiritual state of the people.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #04: "Shall he return to her again" – A collection of prophecies of repentance (3:1-4:2) In this shiur, we will study chapter 3, in which Yirmeyahu presents a prophecy that portrays the difficulty inherent in the repentance of the Jewish People through a mashal. Israel is compared to a woman who has left her husband (God) for other men (idols). Such a woman is halakhically forbidden to return to her first husband; can Israel possibly return to God?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #05: Yirmeyahu's prophecy of the end of Days (3:14-18) In this shiur, we will continue our study of chapter 3, focusing on Yirmeyahu's prophecy regarding the end of days. In this section, Yirmeyahu portrays the ark in a negative light. What is the reason for this, and how is this prophecy connected to the prophecies of repentance that surround it?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #06: "The Temple of the Lord, Are These" (Chapter 7) In this shiur, we will study the structure and message of chapter 7, in which Yirmeyahu addresses the "lying words" regarding the Temple's intrinsic holiness and inability to be destroyed. The people's misconception regarding the role of the Temple led them to think that they could continue to sin without repercussions. We will further discuss the connection between this chapter and the prophecy in chapter 3, as well as the contrast with the prophecies of Yeshayahu.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur 07: Yirmeyahu's Trial (Chapter 26) In this shiur, we will study chapter 26, which describes the historical context of the prophecy recorded in chapter 7. We will compare the two chapters and evaluate how the people's reaction to Yirmeyahu's prophecy reflects their worldview.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #08: "The Words of the Covenant" in the Prophecy of Yirmeyahu (11:1-14) In this shiur, we will study Yirmeyahu's prophecy in chapter 11, where he notes the people's violation of the "covenant." We will discuss which covenant he is referring to and focus on how the different parts of the prophecy reflect the hope for repair and eventual fall of the Jewish People.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur 09: The Sabbath in the Book of Yirmeyahu (17:19-27) In this shiur, we will study chapter 17, Yirmeyahu's prophecy regarding the breach of the covenant of the Sabbath. We will compare this chapter to the prophecy in chapter 7, as well as to the prophecies of the other prophets regarding the Sabbath. Specifically, we will discuss why Yirmeyahu places such great emphasis on the damage done through the violation of the Sabbath through "carrying in and going out."
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #10: The Prophecy Concerning the Potter's House and the Prophecy Concerning the Bottle (Chapters 18-19) In this shiur, we will study two symbolic prophecies of Yirmeyahu - the prophecy of the potter's house and the prophecy of the broken bottle. We will compare and contrast these prophecies and note that despite their apparent similarity, they convey two different messages.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #11: The Personal Dimension of Yirmeyahu’s Prophecy (Part I) In this shiur, we begin our discussion of the elements of Yirmeyahu's personal life that appear in the book. What is the purpose of the inclusion of these elements in the book? In particular, we will focus on Yirmeyahu's inclination to mourn and pray for the people and God's refusal to allow him to do so.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #12: The Personal Dimension of Yirmeyahu’s Prophecy (Part II) In this shiur, we continue our discussion of the personal dimension that we find in the chapters of Yirmeyahu. We will specifically focus on Yirmeyahu's descriptions of his conflicts with those who wished to stop him from prophesying.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #13: The Personal Dimension of Yirmeyahu’s Prophecy (Part III) In this shiur, we will conclude our discussion of the personal dimension of Yirmeyahu’s prophecy by exploring the prohibition for him to marry. We will compare Yirmeyahu’s marital status to references to marriage that appear in the context of other prophets, and we will also study other references that Yirmeyahu makes to marriage. We will also discuss Yirmeyahu’s loneliness and his conflicting feelings about his role as prophet.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #14: The Prophecies Regarding the Kings of the Davidic Dynasty (21:11-23:6) In this shiur, we will study a collection of prophecies that Yirmeyahu delivered to the last kings of Yehuda. Just as he had emphasized to the people that their conception of the Temple as indestructible was false, Yirmeyahu stresses that the Davidic dynasty will also come to an end if the kings do not fulfill their mandate to rule justly and promote social justice.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Yirmeyahu and the false prophets (23:9-40) Yirmeyahu confronts the false prophets numerous times in the sefer. In this shiur, we will study a collection of prophecies about the false prophets that specifically addresses the characteristics that make it clear when a prophecy is not truly conveyed from God.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #16: The Rise of Nevuchadnetzar and the Beginning of the Babylonian Era in the Prophecy of Yirmeyahu (Chapters 25-27) In this shiur, we will study Yirmeyahu's prophecies regarding a new era - the rise of Nevuchadnetzar and the Babylonian empire, and the prophet's instructions to submit to his rule rather than rebel.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #17: Yirmeyahu and Chananya Son of Azur (chapter 28) In this shiur, we will study the confrontation between Yirmeyahu and Chananya ben Azur that is described in chapter 28. Chananya's persona illuminates how the false prophets operated, and Yirmeyahu's reaction to him illustrates what makes a prophet true.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #18: The Prophecy Concerning The Exiles In Bavel - Yirmeyahu 29 In this shiur, we will study chapter 29, in which Yirmeyahu sends a letter to Bavel instructing those who have already been exiled to settle down in Bavel. We will examine how this prophecy relates to those of the false prophets of his time and the incorrect perceptions of the exile held by both those in Bavel and those in Eretz Yisrael.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #19: “Rachel Weeping for Her Children” In this shiur, we will begin our study of the prophecies of consolation in Yirmeyahu. We will focus on the famous prophecy in chapter 31 about Rachel's weeping for her children, comparing this prophecy to others in the book, as well as to the story of Yosef, as recorded in the Torah.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur 20: "Behold, days are coming, says the Lord" – Three prophecies for the future At the center of the unit of prophecies of consolation in chapters 30-33 stand three prophecies about the future (31:26-69), which together outline a utopian vision of the end of days. In this shiur, we will study these three prophecies, comparing them to one another, as well as to other prophecies inYirmeyahu.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #21: The Redemption of the Field of Chanamel – Chapter 32 In this shiur, we will study chapter 32, in which Yirmeyahu is commanded to buy the land of his cousin, Chanamel, despite the fact that the destruction is imminent. What is the meaning of Yirmeyahu's prayer in reaction, and what is the meaning of God's response?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #22: The Prophecy Concerning the Freeing of Slaves (Chapter 34) In this shiur, we will discuss Yirmeyahu's prophecy regarding the freeing of the slaves (chapter 32). We will analyze the political background of this story and the significant linguistic and thematic connections with the commandments regarding the freeing of slaves found in the Torah.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #23: The Prophecy Concerning the Descendants of Rekhav (Chapter 35) In this shiur, we will study Yirmeyahu's prophecy regarding the descendants of Rekhav, whose positive behavior incriminates the rest of the recalcitrant people. Why did Rekhav instruct them to act in this manner, and why was it considered a laudable practice on their part?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #24: The Scroll of Yirmeyahu (Chapter 36) In this shiur, we will study chapter 36, which describes the scroll containing prophecies that Yirmeyahu dictates to Barukh ben Nerya. The chapter describes the process through which these prophecies reach the people of the city, the princes, and eventually the king himself, who responds by destroying the scroll.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #25: The Last Days of Jerusalem (Chapter 37) In this shiur, we will study chapter 37, in which we begin to learn about the final days of Jerusalem. The story describes King Tzidkiyahu's request of Yirmeyahu to pray on behalf of the city, which was under siege, and Yirmeyahu's refusal to do so. We will compare this interaction to that of Chizkiyahu and Yeshayahu. In particular, we will note how this story reflects the tragic persona of Yirmeyahu, who is repeatedly accused of being a false prophet and of treason, despite the fact that he is the only one speaking the truth.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #26: The Last Days of Jerusalem – Part II (Chapter 38) Chapter 38 takes place at the very height of the second Babylonian siege of Jerusalem, which ended with the conquest and destruction of the city. We will first study the chapter in its immediate context. We will then compare it to chapter 37, which is similar to it in many of its details, and finally we will compare the story of Yirmeyahu here to the story of Yosef.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur #27: The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Fate of Yirmeyahu (Chapters 39-40) In this shiur, we will study the accounts of the destruction recorded in chapters 39 and 40. We will compare and contrast the accounts in these two chapters to one another, as well as to other accounts found in Tanach, and explain some of the discrepancies between them.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur 28: The Assassination of Gedalyahu (Chapters 40-41) In this shiur, we will discuss the appointment and subsequent assassination of Gedalya ben Akhikam. We will note the reasons that different groups had for joining Gedalya, as well as Yishmael ben Netanya's motivations for murdering him, and we will study the connections between this story and other stories in Tanakh.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Sabato Shiur 29: The Assassination of Gedalyahu (Part II) In this shiur, we will study the aftermath of the assassination of Gedalya. The people turn to Yirmeyahu, who they now recognize as a true prophet, committing to listen to his guidance, but even now they fail to heed his words, leading to the complete exile of the people from the land.

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