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learn about the greatness of G-d. study in depth shaar yichud of chovos halevavos, shaar yichud v'emuna in tanya and moreh nevuchim also study the marks of divine wisdom in nature. the more you will know the infinite wisdom of God the more you will be humbled and prayer will become meaningful. This is what I have found from personal experience. I also ...


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I was a major sufferer of the problem you describe, and to be honest, I have not completely cured myself of this; however, there are a few things that I have done recently that have made a huge difference in my level of focus during davening. First of all, the times when I paid the least attention to my davening were always when I was tired. When I'm barely ...


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See the back of the famous "Kadish" Sefer where he discusses all the deos. Reb Moshe Feinstein once related that when he was called before one of the Russian rulers he didn't budge- therefore he didn't shukle when he prayed.


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I typically try to focus on the level of humility described in the Gemara (Masekhet Hullin 89A): I bestowed greatness upon Abraham, yet he said to Me, "I am but dust and ashes"; upon Moses and Aaron, yet they said: "And we are nothing"; upon David, yet he said: "But I am a worm and no man". If these giants of Jewish history were "dust and ashes", ...


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Perhaps the fact that Teffilin, Tzitzis and Succah all share the fact that their main kiyum mitzvah is not an actual action, but rather to be in the situation of passively being involved or enveloped in the mitzvah, special attention was required so as to ensure the proper kiyum of the mitzvah. As opposed to an action mitzvah like eating matzah or shaking a ...


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The Bach on Hilchos Tzizts Orach Chaim 8:7 explains the Tur's wording of Vyichaven when it comes to Tzitzs. The Tur writes " ויכוין בהתעטפו שצונו המקום להתעטף כדי שנזכור כל מצותיו לעשותם": one should have in mind when wrapping himself in tzizts that HaShem commanded you to wrap yourself in order to remember all the mitzvos to do them. The Bach explains ...


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I read the following piece of advice in a pamphlet somewhere, and I tried it and it worked for me. Concentrate on the meaning of Hashem's name whenever it comes up. You can pick whichever meaning you want for it to work, although Halacha has an opinion about which one is the main one. There are two reasons why I think it works. One is that Hashem's name ...


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I recently tried enunciating the letter ע more while davening. This makes you go slower, at least until you get so used to it. Then, once you're going slower and paying more attention to the words, you end up having better kavanah.


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I hear you and agree. You got some good advice about preparing, however life as a frum Jew leaves little free time if you have kids and a job. I have the same issue as you and lately I have been going to Sephardic selichos. The language is easier and the tone is not sad and depressing. I can only suggest what I do and that is I go at my own pace, find one ...



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