There is a claim made here
In the Babylonian Talmud, as I have elsewhere pointed out", one of the most frequent appellatives of God is the “merciful one” (Rachmana), and it is worth noticing that this term is mostly used in Halachic or casuistic discussions
1 '1 ‘man rm: (ed. Sluzki, p.45). 2 JEWISH QUARTERLY REVIEW, VI, 422.
about ritual cases, which proves how little in the mind of the Rabbis the Law was connected with hardness and chastisement. To them it was an effluence of God’s mercy and goodness. In the daily prayer of the Jews the same sentiment is expressed in most glowing words: “With everlasting love thou hast loved the house of Israel, thy people; Torah, commandments, statutes, and judgments hast thou taught us. . . . Yea, we will rejoice in the words of thy Torah and thy commandments for ever. . . . And mayest thou never take away thy love from us. Blessed art thou, O Lord, who lovest thy people Israel.”