AyinBase with R' Paltiel Tuesday 4 Nissan 5772
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we are saying, what is the principle of choice/bechirah? It represents the essence itself. You are chosing something and it has connection with the essence. The choice is for that which is representative of the essence. Torah and Israel represent tynug ha-atzmi / essential pleasure. They stay connected. Wherever they are they will represent and elicit that element.
Like we said, the human being was created differently from everything else in the world. Everything else is defined by its place in the world. The human was made to be in the world, but his essence remains connected to his Maker. He has a different vision.
This being the case, that they have an essential connection, so why do they need to be chosen? They seem to be automatically there... The element of choice is due to the fact that Essence itself / atzmus ein sof is not even bound up with the tynug ha-atzmi / essential pleasure. He is totally remote from tynug also. So the choice could be anything! Pleasure is not compelling there. So thus there is a choice at this level and He chose Israel.
Although in truth also within the interior of essence (as opposed to oneg) the souls of Israel are rooted. This is not something that can be explained. This is the truth. How can anything be rooted in essence itself.
And if it is impossible to exchange Israel for another nation, where does the element of bechirah/choice come in? And you could say he didn't have to choose any nation. He's not compelled to make a choice. And why does Israel stay connected to Him? There's nothing compelling.
There was a fire when the Magid was a boy. In those days it would burn the house to the ground. The next day he saw his mother looking for something and crying. He asked her what she was looking for. 'we had a book of our lineage going back to the beginning and now it is is lost...'
'Don't worry Mommy, we'll start the lineage from me!' was his reply.