Monday, March 14, 2005

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A little background - Modei Ani

A little background on Reb Nati's post for those unfamiliar with traditional Jewish prayer.

This prayer: "I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfullness is great" (or in transliterated hebrew : Modei Ani Lefanecha Melech Chai Vekayam Shehechezarta Bee Nishmati BeHemla Raba Emunasecha) is the waking Jewish prayer. It's said upon waking in the morning, while still in bed. It's the first prayer in the siddur (jewish prayerbook) and the second one taught to children.

Unfortunately in some Kabbalah circles, where the selling of material is more important that the truth, this prayer is presented as 'The Morning Meditation'.

Of course, as Reb Nati wrote, it indeed can be much deeper than a simple prayer said upon awakening.

The Modei Ani Jewish Prayer, Page for adults (click for a larger view)...
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and, as this one says at the top, "as soon as a child can speak, his father should teach him" (click for a larger view)...
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