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You should consider getting a Siddur with Kavanot. Before I used one I was around 1.5x faster than I am now. Now I take my time and I feel better after I finish. P.S. If you are Sephardic I recommend the Siddur called Kavanat Halev.


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Some things that have been helpful to me personally: 1) Get enough sleep, which puts you in a better mood. 2) If you are a coffee or tea drinker, drink before davening (after the morning blessings, though). This also puts you in a better mood, as well as enhancing concentration. 3) Whenever you say a name of Hashem, slow down and say it clearly, drawing ...


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Try to be the sheliach tzibbur as often as possible. I find that when I lead the prayers I'm much more focused on them. Partly this is because representing the congregation is a serious undertaking, so it encourages kavannah. It also helps that everyone's watching, so it's much more awkward to have a two-minute shemoneh esrei. If it's not possible to lead ...


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Rabbi Dov Fischer (of Young Israel of Orange County) wrote a very nice article in which he discusses how adding personal prayers within the brachos of the Amidah increased his concentration and devotion. Here are some selections: "For me, that revelation – that you may add your own private prayer – was my first breakthrough. So, if someone was sick, I ...


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One piece of advice that has helped me and more than one person that I know is to think about the meaning of the words before saying them. Generally, people intuitively gravitate towards thinking about the words afterwards and then find that they can't hold concentration. Instead thinking about the word or phrase one is about to say and then saying it can ...



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