Q: If God loves the Jewish nation, why have they suffered so much all throughout history?
A: When negative things happen to the People of Israel, the chosen nation, we experience the verse, “You are truly a hidden God.” This is the secret of Esther, whose name means “hidden,” and is alluded to in the verse, “And I will hide My Face on that day.” The Ba’al Shem Tov explains that God’s hidden Face refers to a situation in which He is so hidden, that one does not even realize that He is hiding. This is a very difficult trial. However, one of the main strengths of the chosen nation is to overcome trials, just as our forefather Abraham, overcame many trials on his path to coming close to God. God blessed Abraham to be a father unto a multitude of nations. Thus, all the true believers in God from amongst the nations can also adopt Abrham’s characteristic, and stand firm and strong against trials that come their way – and believe with confidence in God’s salvation, like the blinking of an eye, and the imminent arrival of Mashiach!