A Fast Vasikin Minyan

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siddurIf one has a choice between davening K’vasikin (i.e. reciting Shema just before sunrise and beginning Shmona Esrei at sunrise) with a minyan that davens quickly (which does not allow one to concentrate properly), or davening with a minyan that begins later, but davens at a slower pace (allowing one to better concentrate on one’s tefillah), one should choose the minyan that allows one to daven with better kavannah/concentration. S’U Oz Nidbiru 14:38, see also Shaarei Halacha U’minhag 43, SA 58:1, Piskei Tshuvos 58:6

The reason is because the most important factor in proper Tefillah is Kavannah / concentration on what one is saying (which is a biblical obligation derived from the possuk ‘Uleovdo bechol levavichem’ – ‘and to serve him with all your heart’. S’U Oz Nidbiru 14:38, see also Shaarei Halacha U’minhag 43, SA 58:1, Piskei Tshuvos 58:6

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  1. ah! the trick is to find a minyan that does both. I was in yerushalayim and on the day our family was going to Massada, I decided to daven vasikin at the Gra shul in shaarei chesed, in order to get a jump on our departure time. little did I know that the vasikin minyan would last longer than the minyan that started after it. 🙂

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