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How Oprah re-acquainted me with Modeh Ani: What We Do

Modeh Ani Prayer


The Sidur סִדּוּר , we find outpourings of gratitude, praise, petition and introspection—some drawn from the Hebrew Bible and others composed by rabbis, scholars, and poets through the ages.

The Modeh Ani prayer is recited as soon as we awake. Our ancestors used to regard a night’s sleep as a prototype of death, and awakening in the morning as a prototype of the soul’s resurrection.

By reciting this prayer, therefore, we express our gratitude to God for restoring our souls to us.

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