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Modeh Ani - Part 1

Focused Intentions

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Modeh Ani - Part 1: Focused Intentions

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman provides a first entry into authentic and practical Jewish meditation. Taking us step by step through the words of the first morning prayer, providing imagery and concepts for mindful focus.
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Freedom December 22, 2021

This 3 part meditation has been deeply impactful on not only my mornings and days, but by extension my entire life. Thank you so much for your inspirational teaching. Reply

Elizabeth VR London, Ontario April 26, 2021

Thank you Rabbi. I think I want to meditate just on the first three words for awhile. I like the background ambient music. I find it soothing and it helps me to go within deeper. Reply

Jasmine Brooklyn November 11, 2020

Nice teaching. But why the eastern sounding music? So distracting. Reply

Giselle Peru July 16, 2022
in response to Jasmine:

I love that music! In fact, it helped me a lot, but it is just how every soul feels ;) Reply

Adi Florida May 6, 2020

Toda! I appreciate these videos.. Reply

Ty Amherst, NE April 14, 2020

Modeh Ani Thank you! Reply

Stephanie Nies Berthoud, Colorado USA February 10, 2020

Thank you so much. I'm so hungry to learn Hebrew prayers. So beautiful. Reply

Oktawian Bulanowski Kraków, Poland December 29, 2018

Toda, Rabbi, thank you for youl help Reply

Michele Francis USA December 5, 2018

Awesome, Todah Rav Tzvi Reply

Barbara Toronto, Ontario Canada August 18, 2017

Thank you for this precious gift and blessing. thank you for explaining this prayer in English. Reply

Anonymous paris March 22, 2017

that course (and channel) is so great. may you be blessed ! and may we succeed in it.
thank you. Reply

victoria ovejero tucuman February 23, 2015

Mode Ani Thank you Rabbi for this lesson. I say Mode Any every morning when I wake .
Shalom Reply

ann May 30, 2014

Thank-you, Rabbi Freeman..beautiful lesson. Reply

Anonymous June 6, 2013

Very good and interesting class. Very good and interesting class. Every time I listen one of those classes I discover lot of answers to many of my questions. But sometimes I start having more questions. For instance: I understood from the class, that the soul would rather stay with her source up there during our dream, then return to the body and G-d makes the soul return. Who is saying thanks for returning that soul to the body? The body itself? Reply

antonio sabella May 4, 2013

modeh ani Thank you for your wonderful presentation. The Jewish religion is so wonderful and makes such clear sense. Reply

olga Sanchez March 4, 2013

Toda Raba Rabbi Reply

Michelle August 16, 2012

thank you and G-d bless! right now i felt like i wouldn't ever be able speak the words in Hebrew and because it wasn't written beneath i could not remember how to sound out the third word... HOWEVER... having just read and printed the handout! WOW Praise G-d for working through you... I have my practice sheet.... and time... thank you Rabbi... to practice, remembering also how you gently spoke and encouraged us all. G-d bless all, uniting through Chabad. love x Reply

Orit Greenfield February 23, 2012

Modah Ani lecha,Tzvi Dear Rabbi Freeman,
Your lectures are not just provide me with da-at
but open my heart or maybe I should put it differently. You transmit knoweldge that is heart opener. You help me with my teaching and with my inner development.
Toda Raba,
Orit Reply

Anonymous Brescia, Italy February 17, 2012

Thank You so so much Dear Rabbi,
thank you for helping me undestanding and feeling the words of the first aknowledgement of Hashèm. I really needed this lesson. I knew about the Mode ani, but having been raised in a secular way, I did not now even how to start in order to read the prayer correctly - I do not know Hebrew - less making the prayer meaningful and really felt inside. Teaching the very basic of Judaism is pivotal: there are so many Jews like me, raised far from the Torah and who really desire to get closer and do not know precisely how to do it, how to put theory into action and all the does and donts of being a Jew. So thank you again, and to all the staff for the tremendous work you are undertaking to bring us fellow Jews closer and give us knowledge and prospective and a deep sense of family/people/warmth. Todà raba, ani mode. Reply

David Goldfarb Seattle, WA February 6, 2012

thank you A brief note of thanks for your teachings. Your lessons calm my soul and listening to it alone, or with a friend, helps me move closer to the love and wisdom of Hashem. Reply

Nomi January 18, 2012

Meditation For years I practiced TM (transcendental meditation); I later learned that Hindu mantras were forbidden for Jews. (Is that true?) Unable to find an acceptable substitute that resonated in my mind, I stopped meditating.
After studying this video, I began using the Modeh Ani prayer. The result? Deeper and more profound meditations than ever!
Thank you, Rabbi Freeman, for the wisdom and gentle but powerful guidance you offer. You are, as someone else noted, a most wonderful teacher. Reply

In order to give one’s words wings with which they may fly, we endeavor to infuse them with meditative intentions. Learning to inspire prayer with meditation greatly enhances the experience and imbues it with enhanced meaning and reach. This series offers guided meditations appropriate to everyday prayer.
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