AyinBase with R' Paltiel Friday 7 Nissan 5772
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On Rosh Hashanah we say, 'he'll choose our inheritance for us'.
He is beyond his own pleasure. It is the King Himself. Holy unto himself.
This is why we request, 'choose us!' and 'choose for us!' because this is coming from a level that is even remote from the source of our souls. This choice draw down by means of blowing the shofar, since it represents accepting the ruleship of the King at the deepest level. Shofar is a simple sound without messages. It is the desire of the soul at the most pristine level.
In truth the faculty of receiving His rulership is because they are rooted in Essence. It is a pure desire without resulting experience. It is a receiving and calling without the function of any faculty. It is a statement of the soul itself.
What enables this is the fact that the souls are rooted in Essence, so it is not really a movement from one place to another.
Human beings are different. What is the distinction. Everything else was created to be within the natural worldly context – it is separate from its source and has its own experiences. The Jew is always united with his Creator. He is rooted in the essence with a union that cannot be severed.
So it comes out that the principle of choice above is that Israel and Torah are united wth Him. And this is why even in the time of exile, the choice still remains. They will be mixed in with other nations, yet still it will be seen that they are joined to him. Because they were already chosen within Essence, to be unified with him, therefore even below, where the connection is hidden, the connection remains. The choice is not a factor of their qualities.
This is the meaning of, 'You were a dwelling place for us'. A dwelling is something which defines the essence of presence. You are this fundamental base. Even here below, in a time of exile, You are our dwelling and covering/refuge.