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The Radvaz says (in relation to a different question) that the first silent one is the one for his personal obligation, under the principle of תדיר, and the second is to fulfill the obligation of those who couldn't daven to themselves. It doesn't seem plausible that he would say that in only the case he was dealing with (where the Shatz missed the previous ...


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Mishnah Brurah Orach Chaim ch. 98 delves into a somewhat detailed discussion of the type of kavanah required. Basically, he emphasizes 2 principles: To concentrate on the meaning of the words To imagine that he is standing before a human king, and therefore he would concentrate hard on what he says so that he avoids stumbling The commentaries elaborate ...


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A friend of mine once asked R' Ezra Neuberger for advice on how to daven with more kavanah. His answer was "daven fast." Apparently, he held keeping focused is the more important kavanah. The Rambam (Hilchos Tefilah 4:16) defines kavanah as removal of external distractions: כיצד היא הכוונה--שיפנה ליבו מכל המחשבות, ויראה עצמו כאילו הוא עומד לפני השכינה ...


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Tefillo K'hilchoso 13 (27) says (my translation) Ideally (lechatchilo) one should not start the repetition of the amidah with less than 9 excluding the prayer leader (from the expression in Sh O 124 (1)), because if there are not 9 listening the blessings of the prayer leader are close to being in vain (levatolo). But there are those who are ...



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