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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.


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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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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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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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The Aruch Hashulchan 91:7 writes כתבו רבותינו בעלי השולחן ערוך בסעיף ו: דרך החכמים ותלמידיהם שלא יתפללו אלא כשהם עטופים. ובעת הזעם יש לחבק הידים בשעת התפילה כעבדא קמי מאריה. ובעת שלום יש להתקשט בבגדים נאים להתפלל. עד כאן לשונו, וכבר כתבנו מזה. ו"חיבוק ידים" הוא שחובק אצבעות ידיו זה בשל זה, כאדם ששובר אצבעותיו כשמצטער. ויש מהחכמים שהיו עושים כן גם ...


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I'm "extraplocombing" (extrapolating and combining) the answers from your referenced question regarding Shacharit with Mishnah Brura 232:2. See Sha'arei Tzion #4, who points out that since Ma'ariv is reshut (not obligatory) we are not as concerned about the requirement of smichat g'ulah litfilah (loose translation - connecting the concept of redemption as ...



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