Following lesson one’s thesis about how humanity’s unique potential obligates us to strenuously strive to live lives imbued with higher purpose. The concluding volley of this verse seems to represent the very antithesis of this concept, as King David’s plea “Grant me understanding” appears to place the primary onus on G-d, rather than us! Tellingly, although the letter Yud is commonly associated with Chachmah (cerebral intuition, or intellectual creativity), throughout the eight verses, only Bina (comprehension or intellectual digestion and development) is mentioned.

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