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n. "Attention to the meaning, spirit, and purpose of words." (Weiser)
n. Enthusiasm, especially during prayer.
n. A devotion recited at the beginning of a learning session or before performing a mitzvah.
"You should daven with a lot of kavannah."
"As we place renewed focus on this simple act, the following kavanah—intention—can become a moment of mindfulness and gratitude. Before washing hands or sanitizing, take a moment to pause and recognize what you’re doing" (source)
"I spent davening on my own, lost in thought, unworried about being judged for expressing too much kavanah, something I had to consider each morning in Minyan X." (source)
"It is through kavana that the sefirot become properly harmonized and united, allowing the Divine efflux to flow down, and the soul of the person practicing the kavana (called a "mechaven") becomes a channel through which G-d pours out His benevolence." (source)
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Heb כוונה kavaná, Ashkenazi Heb/Yiddish כּוונה kavóne
kavannah, kavanna, kavone, kavana
Different communities have different understandings of this term. In Orthodox communities it is generally understood as concentration or intention necessary for prayer to be halachically acceptable, while more liberal communities understand it as concentration or mindfullness more broadly defined. Kabbalistic interpretations of kavanah influence Orthodox and non-Orthodox usage. "Intentionally" or "with intent" is בכוונה- bekavanah, bekavone, or according to grammatically correct Hebrew, bechavanah, bekhavone.
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