“The Kabbalists assert that a mitzvah [religious obligation/good deed] without kavanah [focussed attention/mindfulness], is as a body without a soul. Every action a person does should be permeated and imbued with mindfulness and love. Fear and love, it is written, are wings, which allow the mitzvah, ostensibly a simply mundane act, to soar to the heavens. Without love, this same mitzvah is a fledgling, unable to fly. Kavanah, in its literal translation, can also allude to a window. It is only with kavanah, that one opens a window to the soul, releasing its energy and giving it the opportunity to express itself fully and freely.”

 

– DovBer Pinson (Meditation and Judaism)

 

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