Not because you are more than all the peoples did the LORD long for (hashak) you and choose you… R. Joseph Albo points out that the Bible describes God longing for (hashak), and then choosing the Jewish people. The first time the word hashak appears in the Bible is Genesis 34:8: And Hamor spoke with them, saying, “Shechem my son, his very self longs for (hashka) your daughter Dinah. Pray, give her to him as wife…Albo explains that surely there were other partners available to Shechem, still he longed for Dinah. Indeed, in every marriage there is a longing that transcends rhyme or reason and so to it is with God and the Jewish people.