King David said, “Mibsari echze Elokai. From my flesh, I perceive Hashem.” The Chovot Halevavot notes that the physical part of man a wonder. Hashem also gave us wondrous intelligence and the powers of recollection, differentiation, and perception. Our intellect distinguishes us from other living creatures.
The Shemoneh Esrei is divided into three sections: praise, supplication, and thanks. All the blessings associated with supplication begin directly with entreaty except for the bracha of daat, which begins ata chonen. Why is this so?
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