Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Blessings of the Amidah: Understanding

The nineteen blessings of the Amidah make up the core of the Jewish prayer service. The fourth blessing recognizes God as the source of our own ability to understand the world.

Ah’tah cho’nain l’adam da’at um’lamed leh’enosh beenah. Chanaynu may’itcha day’ah beenah v’has’kayl. Ba’ruch Ah’tah Ah’doh’nai cho’nayn ha’da’at.

You grace humanity with knowledge and teach mortals understanding. Grace us with the knowledge, understanding and discernment that come from You. Blessed are You, Lord, who graciously grants knowledge.

--Translation reproduced with permission from The Koren Sacks Siddur, © Koren Publishers Jerusalem Ltd.

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