Shiv'a de-Nechemta: The Philosophy of Comfort and Redemption - 4
Even in the "slap" that Hashem gives us, there is a measure of his relationship with us. This is similar to a father who might hit his son who ran into the road, because he loves him and wants him to be safe.
Shiv'a de-Nechemta: The Philosophy of Comfort and Redemption - 6
The exile was an active decisions of G-d, the result of which was a state of hester panim for the nation. Those who choose to come and live in the Land today and fulfill the prophecies of yore – merit to return to the protective gaze of Hashem Himself.
Manasseh is not explicitly mentioned in the book of Isaiah. It would appear, however, that chapters forty to sixty-six of Isaiah represent the period of his reign. We shall try to understand why most of the comfort prophecies are in these chapters.
On each of the seven Sabbaths following Tisha B'Av and leading to Rosh HaShanah we read prophecies of comfort. Yet, what is the purpose of such consolation if the Holy Temple is still absent and the people of Israel continue to suffer great affliction?
Without a doubt, the most severe of the many negative effects resulting from Israel's loss of independence was a sense of national inferiority. This feeling gave rise to a desire to mimic the behavior of the nations and to adopt their viewpoints.
Just as the Jewish people never forgot their land and has now returned to it, they will, in the same respect, never forget the Holy Temple and will return to it as well - God willing, speedily in our days