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In my experience this is not as true of chassidik schools and shuls. The historical reason for this is because jewish life took a very scholastic turn. A learner was good everything else was second class. Davening has nothing to do with learning but with connecting to Hashem. A simple unlearned person is capable of davening with kavanah (will/drive). Why ...


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There simply isn't enough time for everything in yeshivos, since today gemora study is considered the top priority. However, as you say, learning the meaning/ intentions of the prayers is very important and a person (men and women) should make time for this - just like they should make time for mussar, halacha, and other subjects. By the way, my daughters ...


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Prayer is not studied by yeshivot because it is construed this would ruin their kavannah while praying. I.e. since quintessentially Jewish prayer has to be unselfconcious and studying words imposes concious attention to transalation and grammar it would chill the prayer itself were it to be studied. It would be akin to the following conversation. Kid. ...



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