Before the beginning, the Talmud tells, the Creator consulted each of His creations. He asked, “Would you enjoy existing?”

The Talmud is not interested in fables. This is its way of telling us that G‑d shares His delight with each of His creations. Just as He delights in bringing each of His creations into being, so each creation delights in being just what it is.

It turns out that everyone at the party is happy. So why aren’t we celebrating?

Simchat Torah, 5746.