All our work is opposite to the correction since it is namely to discover the lack of our correction, our opposition to the world of Atzilut. The “inscription” in the book of life that we receive at the beginning of the new year symbolizes that we truly yearned for the world of Atzilut, tried to discover our opposition to it, and showed an earnest desire.
If we yearn to be in the world of Atzilut and discover the corruptions in us, it means that we examine ourselves and desire to get back there (“to repent”) during the period of repentance (Selichot).
Renewal means that we examine ourselves and see how opposite we are to a new beginning. If we yearn for it and, having revealed our opposition, still don’t renounce it or give up, but rather continue until we fully discover our egoistic form that is opposite to the first spiritual degree of Atzilut, then it means that we have completed our “inscription” in the book of life.
This inscription is opposite, it is black letters on a white background. But by this we have discerned our exact form and expressed our great desire to connect to and be absorbed in the white Light. This means that we have passed the period of repentance and reached the beginning of the new year. Then we ask the Creator to end our writing and to “seal” it.
Here we cannot do anything but to wish each other to be inscribed and sealed in the book of life. It is only by the connection between us that we can bring about a happy new year and be signed and sealed in the book of life. A person cannot wish that for himself and ask the Creator to do it for him. We can only wish it for one another and bring the Creator to seal the inscription for each of us.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 9/25/2011, Writings of Rabash