Is God a Chassid?

When R. Naftali of Ropshitz was a lad he asked a question on the piyut Adir Hu that is said in the nirtzah of the haggadah. There, the poet wrote about G-d “זכאי הוא, חסיד הוא” that God is both commendable and a righteous chassid.

The young R. Naftali asked his father: “If God is a chassid, why doesn’t he proclaim – as is the custom of chassidim – “ויצמח פורקנה ויקרב משיחה,” that he should “bring forth His redemption and hasten the coming of His Moshiach?

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