Question:

I’m learning the laws of Tefillah and currently siman 94 of Orach Chaim. I learnt that in some circumstances it is better to daven while travelling with a settled mind than to daven quickly while distracted before rushing off to a journey. I have a related question about Asher Yatzar (although the same question can apply to other brachot). I know that it is best to stand still and recite Asher Yatzar with concentration.
However I find this challenging at times, especially when I am under pressure to be somewhere else.

I have a choice:

(a) I can stand still and do my best to say the bracha with concentration (although most likely I will not have a very good level of kavana); or

(b) I can start walking to where I need to go and recite the bracha as I walk.

If I take the second option I will be walking while saying the bracha (which is not ideal) but on the other hand I will be more relaxed and better able to recite the bracha more slowly and with more kavana.

Which option do you think is better?

Thank you so much for your precious time.

Answer:

It is better to stand in one place, because you can concentrate better that way, it only takes about 10-15 second, and if you can control yourself to concentrate that s best. However if you will not be able to concentrate, and you will be able to concentrate better if you say it while you are walking, then that is what you should do.

Best wishes

Sources:

Shulchan Aruch O:CH 183-11, M:B 36.

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