At the heart of this Maamar is the verse:

זָכַרְתִּי לָךְ חֶסֶד נְעוּרַיִךְ אַהֲבַת כְּלוּלֹתָיִךְ לֶכְתֵּךְ אַחֲרַי בַּמִּדְבָּר בְּאֶרֶץ לֹא זְרוּעָה

"I remember to you the lovingkindness of your youth, the love of your nuptials, your following Me in the desert, in a land not sown" (Yirmiyahu 2:2)

In order to illuminate the significance of this posuk, the maamar begins with a classic mashal depicting the father of a dearly beloved son. With the purpose of testing (in the sense of reveal) the depth of his child’s love for him, the father conceals himself in such a way as to appear that he has abandoned his son altogether. A child imbued with deep wisdom and perfect filial devotion understands that this withdrawal can not be real, but is rather an illusion designed to test the strength of his love for his father. Fortified by this conviction, the son exerts himself in search of his father, even under the most trying and discouraging of circumstances. His efforts kindle a redoubled love in the heart of his father who then reveals himself to his son.

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