Kavanah literally means "intention" or "direction of the heart." The Kabbalists teach that kavanah is very important because it gives purpose to Avodat Hashem (the service of Hashem). Through kavanah we are able to increase the quality and quantity of spiritual Light we are manifesting through our service.

    You will find various kavanot (plural) within our Siddur. The purpose of this page is to highlight specific kavanot with explanations on their use. We will be adding more soon.

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    Index of Kavanot


    The following is the index of all Kavanot on this page. Simply click on the name of the Kavanah to go to it on this page.

    The 72 Names

    We designed this image for use during our services. The 72 Names begins with the outtermost column to the left of 12 O'Clock and goes around counter-clockwise. It continues in that manner to the center. The Divine Name is in the center of the 72 Names.

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    The 72 Names Chart

    The 72 Names Chart.

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    Amen

    The true meaning of the word "Amen": מאי אמן א"ר חנינא אל מלך נאמן What is the meaning of the term amen? Rabbi Chanina says: It is an acronym of the words: Almighty One, faithful Sovereign [El Melekh ne’eman]. -Talmud (Sanhedrin 111a:1)

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    ASHREI

    The Ashrei (Tehilim 145) is said 3x per day. Nun was intentionally left out by King David because it has the same numeric value as the Hebrew word for falling, which would indicate a spiritual falling.

    We concentrate intently and open our hands while reciting the verse Potei-ach et yadecha פּוֹתֵֽחַ אֶת יָדֶֽךָ The last letter of each word spells a Name (חתך) which connects us to Parnasah or Sustenance. The Arizal taught that we should weave that Name with the Divine Name and meditate on it as we open our hands to receive in order that we may share.

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    Divine Name Meditation For Bein HaMetzarim

    During Bein HaMetzarim (Three Weeks), we meditate on special hidden sequences of the Divine Name (יהוה) during the Amidah. The first sequence is made by going to one letter in the AlefBet before each of the Divine Name letters, which produces טדהד. The second sequence is one letter after each of the Divine Name letters, which produces כוזו. And the final sequence is using the Atbash Cipher, which produces מצפצ. Though this is used primarily during the Amidah, one can also make it part of their private meditation during the Three Weeks.

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    HALLEL HAGADOL

    The Talmud calls Tehilim 136, Hallel Hagadol, because it praises the Holy One, Blessed is He, for sustaining every creature and for performing great miracles for His people Israel. The celestial angels sing these verses before the Divine Throne each day.

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    Y'HI CH'VOD

    There are 18 verses in the Y'hi Ch'vod prayer which express the Sovereignty of the Creator. The 18 verses also correspond to the 6 permutations of the Divine Name, שדי SHADAI.

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