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    The Seven Weeks of Condolence

    God's Punishment and Comfort are our Support

    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.

    Rabbi Hillel Maizels
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    The Seven Weeks of Condolence

    Does G-d Care About Us

    Shiv'a de-Nechemta: The Philosophy of Comfort and Redemption - 5

    Yeshayahu's word give the impression that G-d does not care about us and allowed the destruction to take place.

    Rabbi Hillel Maizels
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    The Seven Weeks of Condolence

    Hester Panim, Exile and Redeption

    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.

    Rabbi Hillel Maizels
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    The Seven Weeks of Condolence

    Rebuilding Jerusalem

    Shiv'a de-Nechemta: The Philosophy of Comfort and Redemption - 3

    Rebuilding Jerusalem includes: physical building of the city, the society, protection from enemies and the Davidic dynasty.

    Rabbi Hillel Maizels
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    The Seven Weeks of Condolence

    Kibutz Galuyot and Self Hatred

    Shiv'a de-Nechemta: The Philosophy of Comfort and Redemption - 2

    In the same verse, Yeshayahu talks about coming back to Israel and self hatred. This bring two opposite explanations.

    Rabbi Hillel Maizels
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    The Seven Weeks of Condolence

    Is Redemption Fixed or Flexible

    Shiv'a de-Nechemta: The Philosophy of Comfort and Redemption - 1

    Different translation to Yesha'ayahu's words bring different opinions to the question - are the times of Mashiach fixed or flexible.

    Rabbi Hillel Maizels
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