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“It begins with a meditation (called a kavanah) which is meant to help the penitent to focus on the particular sin and ends with a traditional declaration done in the style of the main High Holiday confessional called the Al-Chet (For the Sin of ... ) and at the service, although done in English it was chanted in a traditional melody:”
“I tell the parents in my classes that instead of sizing up the sermon, the rabbi, or the service, they may benefit more from sizing up what Jews call kavanah, a Hebrew term that means spiritual focus.”
“The rabbis taught that the ideal way to achieve kavanah -- focus -- in prayer is to first say the shema and its blessings and then, immediately afterwards, to say the Amidah -- literally the "standing prayer.”
“We are also required by law to feel, our grateful words must have a sincere intention -- we call it “kavanah.””
“In that, I think that Jewish sovereignty in Israel continues to be halakhically illegitimate because we are here without a righteous kavanah.”
“From a religious perspective, these days I think that even if you want to hold by the wholly legitimate belief that “the goyim dealing too harshly with us” invalidated the restriction against pursuing sovereignty in the land of Israel, to live here in anything other than utter righteousness, with the ultimate kavanah intention to sanctify this holy place with our words and deeds, is a grave offense in the eyes of G-d.”
“I was thumbing through it and saw a part that said that when saying the shehecheyanu blessing after lighting candles on this Rosh Hashanah, one should have the kavanah intention to accept the shemitah year on oneself.”
“When Heschel wrote this in 1955, his concern was that Judaism was too much form and not enough spirit; he was concerned about observant Jews for whom prayer and ritual had become rote; he wanted to infuse kavanah, the spirit of delight, emotion and spontaneity, into highly structured, fixed practice.”
“This suggests that as much as we need kavanah, personal meaning and intention, we need keva, fixed and shared structure.”
“Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote about the need to find balance between what's called keva and kavanah, the fixed form of the ritual and the inward, heartfelt experience.”
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