When we pray, we talk to G^d. The verb to pray in Hebrew is reflexive. While it’s obvious that G^d hears our prayers, it’s crucial that we overhear ourselves when we pour out our hearts. Just like we don’t tell our therapist what is going on for us is not for her to be informed or even do anything. (“Don’t just do something. Sit there.”) Us uttering our words should transform us. Just like animal sacrifices were meant to transform the ones bringing them. But the form is to talk to G^d. Although, when we really connect and share our feelings, G^d can be found to talk back. Not in voices (don’t tell anyone–they may lock you up). But G^d may answer in thoughts that come up in us. But in the basics, we talk to G^d.
This in sharp contrast to listening to a Torah reading. Clearly, G^d is talking to us, speaking His Mind. He tells us again what we should understand. The last letter of the Torah followed by the first letter of the Torah form the Hebrew word for heart, the seat of understanding.
Also when we learn Torah, G^d clearly talks to us. We study His Word and try to grasp what He is saying. And when we study intensely, He adds to His Word (in our thoughts). A G^d Who is alive! G^d talks to us.
Even more so when the Priests bless the People. The Torah itself says that it’s not the Cohaneem that bless but that G^d blesses us through them.
But what happens when we blow the shofar? On the one hand, hearing its sound should help us tremble, cry, and repent. On the other hand, we aim to move G^d so that we may credit ourselves that us sounding the shofar and repenting made Him move from the Throne of Strict Justice to the Throne of Forgiveness. It’s a two-way street. So, His shofar sound should move us, and our sound should move Him. Like in personal sex. Both parties try to feel and excite the other (Other). That naughty shofar.
Husband and wife being intimate with each other is symbolic of the relationship between the Creat^r and His People. How are unmarried Jews supposed to sense this? Via the shofar. Both parties just trying to sense and please the other. That way, both will be satisfied at the same time.
Not because they thought of themselves. Just as with eating well. Just eating what feels pleasing to eat may leave us hungry. But when we eat nutritious foods that are tasty, we will automatically feel satisfied.
Shannah tovah umtukah.