Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Blessing upon Arising

There are many Jewish blessing.

Modeh Ani is the Blessing upon Arising.

According to Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber of Lubavitch “In the service of the Almighty, the point of departure is Modeh Ani”.

In Jewish tradition God restores our souls within us when we awaken in the morning, so that we can experience another day of life.

For them the awakening is an analog of the resurrection from the dead.

God revives us from the depths of our sleep and enables our eyes to once again receive light.

He will ultimately revive the dead from their state and bring them into the glorious presence of His Light.

The Modeh Ani is one of the first blessing a Jewish child is taught.

It expresses gratitude towards God for the gift of a new day of life.

Women say “modah” instead of “modeh”.

I thank you, living and eternal King,
For returning my soul within me in compassion,
Great is your faithfulness.

According to The Kotzer Reb “When we open our eyes each morning and recite the prayer, “I thank You, O God…” it is good to reflect for a while: Who am “I” and “Who are You?””.

May your day be blessed today!