אתה חונן לאדם דעת
YOU FAVOR MAN WITH KNOWLEDGE
דעת, knowledge, is from the essence of a man, and can therefore be easily overlooked as a gift from Hashem. Thus, we preface this ברכה with a declaration: “אתה חונן” – It is only You, Hashem, who favored us with the immense gift of דעת. Had man not found “favor” in Your eyes, he would be less than the wild beast, completely unable to preserve himself and to fulfill his functions. But with דעת, one is capable of enjoying happiness both in this life and in the eternal life of Olam Haba.
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