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On Shabbos, I will often catch davening on cruise-control when it comes to these words. It’s a habit that started when I was twelve and I was preparing for my Bar Mitzvah. In fact, I use to pride myself on being able to say all of “Yekam Purkon” in under 23 seconds from the bimah. Sadly, my that I was “the big cheese” being able to memorize this paragraph, without even knowing what it meant in English.
Like I said, even now, I will have to stop myself during musaf and consciously take time to read the Hebrew carefully and also translate the tefillos. As I creep closer to Elul, I can feel both the excitement and the yirah (in a good way) that being on cruise-control just won’t cut it!
It certainly doesn’t help that many others say it on cruise control, adding to the pressure to keep up with the minyan before Ashrei…
Wow, and I didn’t even know it was Hebrew.
23 seconds? I’m impressed.