Ekev: Chapter 1
Meditation over a blessing

We learn that it is a commandment to bless God, and that these blessings draw down the blessings from the supernal world - they draw life from the source of life. The blessing is like a gift to God that was sent by the person who prayed to Him. We learn about the secret meaning of Amen, that adorns the blessing, and about how the prayers and blessings ascend from below upwards through many levels. When the blessings descend all the patriarchs and the children are blessed. Baruch is the secret meaning of the highest source there is, and its flow is uninterrupted. We are also told of the secret meaning of the words "Atah" and "Melech" in the blessing. An explanation is given of the bowing and bending of the knee during the prayer service.