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Modeh Ani - Part 3

Putting It All Together

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Modeh Ani - Part 3: Putting It All Together

Final segment of the Modeh Ani meditation, focusing on the return of the soul.
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yisroel avrum ben yehudah leib Desert Mountain January 24, 2019

"Melekh" starts with "M" the sound of unity. Not only is Melekh the King and Author, Melekh is the unity from which we go forth each day - "Lekh lekhuh" is our task as the messenger from the state of oneness. "Mum" vibrates at the kidneys; "Lum" vibrates at the ovaries; Khuh vibrates at the heart. Lum is the divine grace of bliss and love that fills every cell of the body. Khuh lifts the front of the heart to face the world with courage - understanding what it is that you are supported by... Reply

yisroel avrum ben yehudah leib Desert Mountain January 24, 2019

Before one bows with "modeh" one first might visualize "omeid" that one is standing with Ha'Shem - or even better - that Ha'Shem is there to stand with you. Start your prayer in union with Ha'Shem rather than as separate. Be not inferior nor make a show of bowing further intentionally. Fall - and be not afraid of falling towards the earth. For the face of Ha'Shem is the Earth itself in the light that dawn reveals, activating everything from within - the Shekhinah that unites and activates and reveals the intricacy and glorious flow of life from light itself. Reply

MICHIEL STEK Scheveningen June 6, 2018

Thanks Rabbi for explaining the Modeh ani. I do the Modeh Ani every morning, know hebrew and understand them in my native language, but you gave a whole different meaning to it by explaining the deeper meaning of the Hebrew words. Reply

Jan Elkins August 4, 2016

I have a question. I am not an observant Jewish woman, bur I have deep respect for those who are. I have 2 suddurs...artscroll woman's and the one used in Chabad centers. The sheer volume of the prayers is say nothing of praying them mindfully and meditatively. How does a person have time to do this? Reply

Anonymous California November 1, 2015

Thank You When I was recently in the hospital..I found myself singing the Modeh Ani in the morning..just happy that the surgery was successful. It just came to me! As I am a practicing Jewish person in many respects, I'm not very religious. I learned this at camp many years ago and always liked it, but was not sure of what every word meant.
Thank You..
I believe it would be an important prayer for people that are depressed or feeling down..I will pass it on. Reply

elinor KL September 9, 2015

My Goodness Rabbi Freeman! I thought you were only involved in the Daily dose of Wisdom :)
It is the first time I hear your voice and I truly enjoy this video about prayers, I will really enjoy these video series and thank you so much :) Just you should have let us know you are recording these videos! :) Reply

Anonymous Montreal July 12, 2015

Your meditations on Modeh Ani have transformed the way I say it in the morning; for this, I am grateful to you. Reply

Sarah Monterey Peninsula, CA February 28, 2015

I love Tzvi! I really do love everything you do on the Chabad website. I enjoy the articles you write very much and now I'm a huge fan of the meditation of the prayers we say everyday. Often because we do something everyday it starts to become rote and lose it's meaning. Thank you so much for bringing into focus for me a prayer I say everyday and now I can say it with so much more meaning for myself. Reply

vicki Spartanburg February 18, 2015

Beautiful. Thank you. Reply

anonymous February 17, 2015

sleep paralysis What does the Torah have to say about sleep paralysis (this is when a person becomes conscience before their body is fully awake and therefore cannot move or talk) Reply

"Izzy," Yisrael ben Avraham California February 7, 2015

Todah Rabah! When I catch myself reciting by rote, I return to this practice to renew, deepen and sweeten my kavanah. Reply

Amichai Schneller St.Cloud MN February 6, 2014

nightmares? sometimes we can awaken in fear, gasping for breath...with horrific images left in our
minds, is this a compassionate return to the body?? it makes me wonder if nightmares
are the product of the world...of the body...and when we experience nightmares, the soul is being tormented, rather than trying to find its way back to the source...
it feels that way...I have a lot of dreams, most of them happy and informative, but sometimes...I have nightmares, and I wake up feeling heavy, or the soul didn't get to soul doesn't get the rest or solace it needs?
does G-d speak to us in our dreams? Reply

Tzvi Freeman January 5, 2014

For Veronique This is the kind of question that doesn't have a cut and dry answer. Some sidurim state that women should say it in the feminine form, "modah." Some argue that we don't change the standard form so that everyone says the same words. If you are part of a community, you need to determine what is the custom of the senior women of that community. Reply

Veronique Superior, CO January 5, 2014

Beautiful and powerful Thank you Rabbi, for teaching Modeh Ani in such a meaningful way.
If you don't mind, I have one question for you. Being that I am female would I say Modah Ani?

Thanks again! Reply

katarina sydney, australia October 27, 2012

Thank you so much for these videos, I can finally say the Modeh Ani in Hebrew and understand the meaning on a deeper level, thank you. Reply

Gregory landenburg Cathedral City, California June 3, 2012

Modeh Ani Classes Dear Rabbi Freeman:
Congratulations on such a well-thought-out instruction of the Modeh Ani. Your command of Hebrew and ability to interpret it's meaning in English is, in my opinion, a great talent. I look forward to hearing more of your teachings.
one question: do you know of a Chabad CD that I can buy that contains the Modeh-Ani song? I would love to learn it and teach it to my son. Thank you very much. Reply

Anonymous Montreal, Canada January 3, 2012

Thank you Thank you Mr. Freeman for making this video and taking the time to teach the Torah in a very caring and clear manner. I found this video very enlightening, as Monica from Stehpens City said.

Kind regards and kol hakavod! Reply

Monica Stephens City, VA December 29, 2011

Modeh Ani I just found your teaching video yesterday and have found it very enlightening. Thanks for offering this teaching in this manner. Although I could read lessons, concepts are easier to grasp when listening and watching your expressions. I appreciate all of it. Reply

Lisa Huntmsna lubbock, Texas August 4, 2011

Modeh Ani Thank you for this teaching. It is good that you broke this up into sections. This is an excellent way to learn a language.

Thank you, Reply

Mr. John Hiers June 30, 2011

Now I get it Thank you so much, from learnig the prayer in hebrew and what it really means, more so than the english translation Reply

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