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July 29, 2021 | כ׳ באב תשפ״א | TODAY'S DAF: Sukkah 22

Kavanah, Kavanah, Kavanah!

In which we begin with location, we continue to constituency, and close with context – the many factors that are designed to drive our focus and intent in prayer. Do they work for you? For example, will you have more kavanah davening while sitting on the back of your donkey, or while standing on the ground worrying about whether your donkey will disappear during the time it takes you to daven? How does where you are when you daven help you focus your prayer? And what does that connection between geulah (redemption) and prayer do for your kavanah? Yardaena and Anne think that the kind of kavanah the Gemara describes is sometimes in short supply in our own lives, perhaps as an object lesson to take to heart.

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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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