עת צרה

Salvation in Challenging Times
Rav Yishai Singer​​
Written by:
Yishai Singer
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“עת צרה היא ליעקב וממנה נושע”- Through the psukim in Yirmiyahu, participants reflect on their emotions during challenging times and how they can translate them into action.

ברכה ראשונה

 

  1. מספרים: Ask participants to share on a scale of 1-10 how present they are (1=I’m here but my mind is some place else, 10=I’m completely present and ready to learn/discuss). Alternatively, you can ask students to share one word that describes the emotion they are currently feeling.

    Together with their number or emotion, ask participants to share a one sentence story describing what’s on their mind today.
  2. Ask participants: Who am I worried or concerned about?

     

  3. Ask participants: When did I understand that there is a situation of צרה, distress or suffering?

לימוד ועבודה פנימית

Thus said GOD:

We have heard cries of panic,

Terror without relief.

 

Ah, that day is awesome;

There is none like it!

It is a time of trouble for Jacob,

But he shall be delivered from it.

ירמיהו פרק ל

כִּי־כֹה֙ אָמַ֣ר ה' ק֥וֹל חֲרָדָ֖ה שָׁמָ֑עְנוּ פַּ֖חַד וְאֵ֥ין שָׁלֽוֹם׃

הֹ֗וי כִּ֥י גָדֹ֛ול הַיֹּ֥ום הַה֖וּא מֵאַ֣יִן כָּמֹ֑הוּ 

וְעֵֽת־צָרָ֥ה הִיא֙ לְיַֽעֲקֹ֔ב וּמִמֶּ֖נָּה יִוָּשֵֽׁעַ׃

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Participants can split into chavrutot, discuss as a group or split the questions between group discussion and chavruta.

  1. Read the פסוקים three times, each time raising your emotions as your say it.

     

  2. What words stand out to you?

     

  3. Describe the current “צרה” we are facing.
    • What makes it a צרה?
    • Who is it a צרה for? How might they describe it? How might they be feeling?

       

  4. From Emotions to Action: What can I do at this time?

     

  5. Tefillah: What do I want to daven for? Whom do I want to daven for? 

ברכה אחרונה

Bring the group together. If time allows, you may ask for them to openly share one thing from their learning. 

Ask everyone to respond to: What gives me strength or encouragement during an עת צרה, challenging times? 

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