AyinBase with R' Paltiel Monday 6 Shvat 5772
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It cannot be any other way that He chooses Israel, but it is not a choice that is compelled. The element of choice is made up of 2 poles – He is not compelled in a certain option, but He chooses, 'thus, and not any other way'.
The principle of compulsion is the principle of being 'grasped' by the thing... it is not being just oneself, there is himself and what he is grasped by...
Not to say that there is some topic/format that compels essence. Essence is not 'held' by anything – it is beyond being and not being. Still the choice is intentionally and specifically and exclusively thus – so if Essence is so undefined, what is the basis of the decision?
That He should choose and want – he chooses His essential ratzon/will and tynug/pleasure.
Choice is rooted in a level that precedes the statement, 'I choose this' – it is part of the Essence. One has to strip thinking of 'process' to see what this is about – here the 'beginning and the end occur at the same time – the cause and the result are concurrent – there is nothing compelling'.
Essence is not lifeless, but it is not enlivened from elsewhere. It is in itself.