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Modeh Ani

Modeh Ani

Thank G‑d I’m Alive!


A new day, new battles. Actually, one battle that assumes different forms: I Want vs. I Should. The day’s first battlefield is your bed, and the first shot is fired when the alarm clock rings. I Want reaches out to hit the snooze button; I Should is ready to jump out of bed and take on another day.

That’s why the first instruction in the Code of Jewish Law is: “Be strong as a lion when you wake up in the morning to serve your Creator.” Because if you win this battle, the rest are lamb chops.

G‑d chose to return your soul to your body and grant you once again the gift of lifeHere’s some fodder for your cannon in those early morning forays: Think how, every night, your soul ascends to heaven to recharge. This morning, G‑d chose to return your soul to your body and grant you once again the gift of life—a sure sign that there’s a little dark corner left in this world for you to come and illuminate. G‑d trusts that you are up to the task.

Now verbalize it:

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה. רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.

Modeh anee lefanecha melech chai vekayam, she-he-chezarta bee nishmatee b’chemla, raba emunatecha. (Click here for audio of a Modeh Ani song.)

I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great.

These are the first words we utter every morning—while still lying in bed. Our first conscious moments are spent thanking G‑d for the gift of life. It doesn’t matter what we did yesterday or last night; nothing can taint those first innocent words that sit at our primal consciousness.

Still having a problem dragging yourself out of bed? Use your imagination. Picture yourself lying there while a king or head of state stands above you, waiting for you to get your act together to execute some critical mission.

Well, it isn’t a king or president. It is the one who creates kings, presidents, and the entire world at every moment—and you too. Again. Today.

Illustrations by Yehuda Lang. To view more artwork by this artist, click here.
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March 1, 2017
Thank you so much explaining why we must be thankful the moment out eyes open. know I need to start doing this asap, and will l, despite any setbacks, work to be the lion He's expecting of me.
February 16, 2017
I love this site thank you!!!👐💙
November 5, 2016
"Alhamdu lillahil-ladhi 'ahyana ba'da ma 'amatana wa'ilayhin-nushur"
'Praise is to Allah Who gives us life after He has caused us to die and to Him is the return'. .....
Muslims recite this when we wake up in the morning, unbelievable how similar are the translations
January 22, 2016
Thank you so much for teaching me so many thing I couldn't verbalize.
What a gift.
November 4, 2015
Modeh Ani... I am
Modeh Ani in the sense of :

When I Say "I am " who is speaking? My Soul, my body , who ?.....
Please explain
June 19, 2015
Modeh Ani
Thank you for your everyday inspiration. We need it today more than ever that this world seems to be going mad. May Hashem, blessed be He, keep blessing you all Rabbis who bring the message of the AllMighty to all of us. I have my Siddur and pray it every morning, but sometimes forget to say while still in bed. How great is our God! You fulfill the mitzvah...
June 19, 2015
That's beautiful!!
December 18, 2013
Modeh Ani: Chabad gives it even deeper meaning -- a spiritual energizer!
I love this piece. It makes the "Modeh Ani" both a sword of Judah and a dream of Joseph. I've always enjoyed saying it -- but now even more. Thank you for another great insight.
November 15, 2013
I enoyed this insight into Modeh Ani. I have tried to say it every day but this serves as a reminder as to why I should say it daily! Thank you!
February 25, 2013
it's a Journey
I have said before , maybe in other forums. if you want to get inside the Modeh Ani, you should go to Rabbi Tzvi's video. It will take you inside the meaning word by word.

The other thing for r h is that in the forms writing down you inner thoughts needn't be edited. If i am not mistaken your " Why " / raison d'etre is to make the world's people harmonize. It's a beautiful core, and cannot be repeated enough. You are blessed with language skills that give of yourself and thus makes you an inspirational leader to others, followers. You never seem to say your essence in the same way. Each time you write in a forum there is just one more way to convey your thoughts. So, thanks. It's not enough to have a rabbi's insight. Yours is required too.