In Nusach Ashkenaz, following Al Cheit in Chazaras HaShatz of Mussaf Yom Kippur, there are two passages that describe our pleas that Hashem fulfill His promise to cleanse us if only we repent. Following these passages, the following line, based on Eruvin 13b, is inserted:
מנויה וגמורה בסוד חכמי תורה אשרי מי שלא נברא
It was voted and decided in the counsel of Torah Sages: fortunate is he who was never created.
Why do we make mention of this point now, of all times?
At first glance, the idea seems to be that it’s Hashem’s fault that we sinned, since it would have been better had we not been created and given the opportunity to sin. How is this different than Adam, who blamed Hashem for the sin of the Eitz HaDa’as, since He gave him Chavah, or to Klal Yisrael in the desert, who could only see bad in the mann? The Gemara takes both of them to task (AZ 5a-b); if this is our intent in saying this line, how are we any better?