Sunday, July 25, 2010

A kavvanah-killer

A rough translation of "kavvanah" is "focus" or "intent." It's preferable to davven (pray) with kavvanah, rather than davvening on auto-pilot.

But that was quite impossible for me this past Friday night.

I was almost at the end of the "Amar Rabbi El'azar, amar Rabbi Chanina" quote when we heard a thunderclap so loud that even the hum of the air conditioner didn't keep me from jumping 10 feet. Since I'm petrified of sudden loud noises, I had no choice--I parked my siddur (prayer book) on the livingroom/diningroom table, stuck my fingers in my ears, and davvened Maariv/Arvit (Evening Service) at, you should pardon the expression, lightning speed.


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