The midrash in Devraim explains:
What does it mean “to watch by my doors”? The Holy Blessed One said, “If you went to pray in the synagogue, do not stand at the outer entrance to pray, rather intend to go inside, door after door.” It does not say “to watch by my door” but my doors” - two doors.
[You may want to give out/read together Rav Dov’s introduction on pg. 17]
In order to deepen our awareness of how we enter tefillah and its different stages, we are going to explore different kinds of entrances we experience in our lives. We know that there’s a difference between experiences that we “get into” and ones that we are “out of it”. What does it take us to “get into” something?
You are going to choose an “entrance experience” and try to break down the different stages. For example, let’s try to identify four stages of “getting into” Lev Hashavua. [Ask students for examples. These should include: Coming into the classroom, choosing a seat in the circle, looking around at the people in the group, Mispar/sippur/beracha rishona. You can also choose on the examples below but then you should encourage students to choose a different on in their avodah.]
Individual Avodah (students are highly encouraged to write)
Discussion in chavrutot of 2 or 3
Chavrutot should share their answers or portions of their answer with each other. They should then discuss together (or perhaps go back into individual writing) the following questions focused on tefillah:
Go around and ask each student to share, without explanation, the moment (or moments) of kenisah/entrance into tefillah that they would like to be more mindful of over the course of the coming week (e.g. when I walk into the Beit Midrash, when I put on my tefillin, when I open my siddur etc.). Challenge them to see how being more mindful about their kenisah/entrance impacts their tefillah.