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.
It’s been a month of daf yomi — we’re so pleased to still be at it!
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