The fundamental purpose of all the things in the world is to demonstrate that Somebody made them.
That’s the foundation for understanding all of reality.
Whatever you see in this world has the purpose of making you aware of the Creator.
All day long, wherever you turn, whatever you see, it should be reminding you that Hashem Melech—that He’s the One who made that.
Then he quotes Kohelet/Ecclesiastes 3:11, which basically says that Hashem implanted the love of the world into the hearts of Man.
In other words, distractions abound.
Hashem's Kavod is all around us; it fills the Universe...but so much distracts us from really seeing His Hand in everything.
Hashem didn’t want us to see that He’s everything in this world.
That would be too easy; it wouldn’t be a test for us and life wouldn’t be worth living.
And so He puts into this world bicycles for children. He puts automobiles for grownups. He puts in good times and good food. He puts marriage and children and money.
All the things, some of them mitzvos, some not — whatever it is, people are busy all the time.
Parnassah, ambition, making a living, entertainment, this and that, streets and cities and newspapers and neighbors and bungalows.
Everything in the world is working hard so that people should get their minds off Hakodosh Boruch Hu.
Especially today, when social media invests unbelievable amounts of money, time, and innovation to make itself addictive.
Or movies & TV & video games—it dopes your brain in a way that is all-consuming and very difficult to detach from.
On pages 7-10, Rav Miller explains how the light of the Sun actually darkens the world—it's fascinating.
So when we say "Timloch Hashem levadecha—You alone reign Hashem," we encourage ourselves to recognize that Hashem is King.
He's the Source.
Everything else is a deception.
The Secret to Meriting Life on Rosh Hashanah
Now, of course we wouldn’t begrudge the goyim if they also said Hashem Melech. We’d be happy if the Mohammedans and the Notzrim and the savages in the interior jungles of Central America would also be mamlich [acknowledge as king] Hashem Elokei Yisroel.
And one day they will, no question about it.
But that’s not our business right now—you have to be worried most about the interior of yourself. What about you?!
Charity begins at home.
The most important question is: Is He in charge of you?
That’s your biggest concern, yourself. You have to know that Hashem is King.
That’s the first and most important step of living successfully.
And here's the ultimate way to merit life on Rosh Hashanah on page 13 (boldface & underline mine-MR):
That’s a very important piece of advice you’re hearing now.
Saying Hashem Melech is the most important form of teshuva, and that’s what Hakodosh Boruch Hu will consider most when He thinks about our fate for the year to come.
That’s the secret of saving your life on Rosh Hashanah because now you understand what life is for!
The secret of another year of life is to get “Hashem Melech” into your blood.
It's internalizing that Hashem is King—meaning that Hashem is the Source for EVERYTHING.
We get so distracted.
And Hashem understands us; He created the world that way in order for us to reach our greatest potential & achieve our greatest tikkun (rectification).
And we should do it with joy! Sing!
Rav Miller (page 14):
So as you stand in shul on Rosh Hashanah and the chazan is singing tra-la-la, you can think – you can sing along too, but you should think:
"Tra-la-la, Hashem Melech! Tra-la-la, we’re singing to announce the reign of Hakodosh Boruch Hu. Today is the day I’m committing myself to a year of reminding myself as much as I possibly can that Hashem is my King!”
All together now!: "Tra-la-la, Hashem Melech! Tra-la-la...!"
Whether you're Jewish or not, whether you're frum or not, let's hear you sing!:
♪♪"Tra-la-la, today is the day I'm committing myself to a year of reminding myself as much as I possibly can that Hashem is my King! Tra-la-la..."♫
Wow, that was beautiful. You sound great. I'm sure Hashem thinks so too.
Wishing everyone the sweetest year ever!