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"for you are…" in the blessings of sh'mone esre

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The weekday amida has thirteen request benedictions in the middle, according to the usual count. Some of these end, after their respective requests, with "כי אתה…‏", "for you are…". Here's the rundown, according to all currently-in-use Ashkenazic and Sephardic prayer books I've seen:

  1. knowledge — no "for you…" at the end
  2. return — no "for you…" at the end
  3. forgiveness — yes "for you…" at the end
  4. saving — yes "for you…" at the end
  5. healing — yes "for you…" at the end
  6. years — some versions have "for you…" at the end; others do not
  7. ingathering — no "for you…" at the end
  8. judgement — no "for you…" at the end
  9. wrongdoers — no "for you…" at the end
  10. rightdoers — no "for you…" at the end
  11. Jerusalem — no "for you…" at the end
  12. David — no "for you…" at the end
  13. prayer — This one is interesting. It has requests, "for you…", more requests, and another "for you…".

Why do the benedictions that have "for you are…" have it; those that don't, not; and, especially, that last one have it twice?

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For some of them the answer can be he hasnt done them yet. ‭interested‭ about 1 month ago

This varies based on rite. You should clarify which rite you are using and if you want answers based on any specific one. (For an extreme example, consider this rite https://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=20685&st=&pgnum=77) ‭AA​ ‭ about 1 month ago

Consider including the additional blessing for fast days on your list. ‭AA​ ‭ about 1 month ago

#1 is a bit of an oddball here. For the ones containing כי אתה, it's because we start off with "Please do X, because You are the only one Who can." The bracha on knowledge is structured oppositely; "You are the Source of knowledge, [therefore] endow us with knowledge." ‭DonielF‭ about 1 month ago

In addition to fast days having unique brachos, also consider the requests made on Shabbos and Yom Tov in their respective central brachos. Some of them have כי אתה and some of them don't, and that's just Nusach Ashkenaz. ‭DonielF‭ about 1 month ago

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