There's a belief that the people you love the most are the ones who can make you hurt the most. Friends & family have a closeness to us which can hurt us in a deeply personal way. The anger and betrayal you feel from a loved one breaking your trust typically hurts much more deeply than a stranger doing the same.

The key to that pain is personal bond. The closer someone is to you, the worse that pain and anger is.

My question is could such a concept relate to a relationship with Hashem?

Hating or having extreme anger towards God is not taken lightly. You shouldn't hate God. That being said, could anger be argued as being a higher level of relationship with Hashem? The idea being it's an honest expression and it's an expression which a person could not feel if they didn't truly believe in Hashem and didn't truly have trust and love for Hashem in the first place. (If you didn't have faith and trust in Hashem, the feeling of betrayal wouldn't exist because you didn't believe he'd be there for you anyway.)

I was curious if this topic was ever touched upon by the Rabbis at any level?

  • There's the reverse, at least: that God punishes those he's closest to for what seem to be more minor infractions than he does the rest of us. (Citation needed. Try commentaries to Leviticus 10:3 maybe.)
    – msh210
    Dec 25 '20 at 6:06
  • @msh210 sefaria.org/Berakhot.5a.11 Dec 25 '20 at 9:20
  • @msh210 : the rock incident comes as an example to mind. Though some argue that this 'punishment' was in fact a blessing (in disguise)
    – Ilja
    Dec 25 '20 at 11:52

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