Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tefilla Kavana Sources

  • או"ח סימן צח - Two kavanot: Kavana of the words, Kavana of standing in front of Hashem

  • Rav Chaim on Rambam Hilchot Tefilla

  • Nefesh Hachayim  2: 1 ridding other thoughts
  • Introduction to Olat Tamid: !'כשתבוא למעלה ותעמוד לדין, ישאלוך: הלוא כמה אלפי פעמים התפללת בחייך, אמר נא מה הפרוש של ,'משליך קרחו כפתים

Tefilla Kavana Eitzot

  • Starting from scratch. simply understanding what you are saying in the most simple way
  • Anything important enough to be distracting should become part of the tefilla, ask for it
  • Speak as you if you were speaking to someone, that means without a sing song. With intonations at the proper places. As if you were in a play.
  • Involve all aspects of your mind. Besides the active focus on the words, involve your conceptual mind by also placing the concept in that specific bracha etc. (kavanat hainyan) For example, as you approach birchat haddaat, imagine the word daas, think of the concept daas and then start to ask for it, while the word still captures you visual thought.
  • Using a book like Pathways to Prayer  encourages us to engage our mind by thinking about the meaning even though we already know what the tefilla means
  • Remove anything in front of you which could be distracting
  • Read inside if that keeps you more focused.
  • Hear each word. Not loud enough for others to hear, but engaging your hearing keeps you more focused
  • A two minute siddur seder giving time to paying attention to a new piece of tefilla each day

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tefilla Kavana - Rav Aryeh Hendler, Yeshivat Shaalvim

When Kavana falters -- start from scratch

Tefilla Kavana - Rav Asher Weiss

Sometimes it is difficult to have kavana when we don't have confidence that our tefillot will be answered.

Our tefillot are always heard

Ben Aliya - Summation

Ben Aliya - Rabbi Eli Bacon, Sgan Mashgiach Yeshivat Rabbeinu Yitzchack Elchanan

Ben Aliya - Rav Aharon Kahn, Rosh Yeshiva Yeshivat Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan

Ben Aliya - Rav Lopiansky, Rosh Yeshiva Yeshivat Greater Washington

Ben Aliya Rav Dovid Lessin, Yeshivat Shaalvim

Monday, February 8, 2010