I recall once reading a passage that discussed divine perception of reality. The idea was something like this: Humans blink their eyes, and so do not see everything that happens in time. Hashem, however, sees what happens even during those eyeblinks and so has complete understanding.

I'm not certain this came from a religious source of any sort; it may have been words placed in the mouth of a character from some Jewish fiction. If anyone recognizes this description I'd greatly appreciate having my memory jogged.

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    Hashem is outside of time so I'm not sure I follow
    – robev
    Oct 3, 2021 at 0:37
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    – Chatzkel
    Oct 3, 2021 at 2:23
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    So if humans didn't blink they'd have the same perception as G-d? The character in that fiction must have been pretty dumb.
    – N.T.
    Oct 3, 2021 at 5:16
  • Wow Hashem must have some great eye drops to keep his eyes from drying out!! Or is he seeing through his eyelids even as he is blinking?
    – mroll
    Oct 3, 2021 at 5:48
  • G-d is an all-encompassing, infinite Creator. To apply terms "understanding" or "perception" to an all-encompassing Creator is not logical. The term "understanding" requires three separate components: the one understanding, the subject of knowledge, and the knowledge itself. Because G-d is perfect, he contains all three within himself. Rambam discusses this in Mishne Torah Yisodei Hatorah 2:10
    – user17319
    Oct 3, 2021 at 15:52

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Maybe you're referring to this?

Hashem's name YKWK has a basic meaning or kawana, meditation, and that is

היה הוה ויהיה

Was, is, and will be.

This is printed in many Sefardic siddurim such as Avodat Hashem

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