If one feels that he will be unable to have in mind that he is standing before Hashem, he should not daven. But if one feels that he is unable to understand the translation of what he is saying, he should nevertheless daven. This is because if one does not have the kavanah of knowing that he is standing before Hashem, mi’de’oraisa the tefillah is not good. However, the kavanah of knowing the translation is only a requirement of the rabbanan; hence one should daven in order to fulfill his obligation mi’de’oraisa.

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Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.