The Tranquil and Blessed Existence of One Who Trusts in Hashem

From Yirmiyahu 16-17

ה' עזי ומעזי ומנוסי ביום צרה אליך גוים יבאו מאפסי ארץ ויאמרו אך שקר נחלו אבותינו הבל ואין בם מועיל

"ה עוזי ומעוזי": All suffering comes from bitul Torah. עז can refer to Torah, when our strength and effort in learning Torah, Hashem is our protection. When the nations said they didn't want the Torah because it prohibits murder/theft - they should have realized those are prohibited to them anyway (שבע מצוות בני נח)

Yirmiyahu rebukes the people for going off the derech, similar to the warning found in Parshat Bechukotai for failure to keep the Torah. (אם בחוקותי תלכו" - שתהיו עמלים בתורה")

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