Take a closer look at the text of Modah/eh Ani, the blessing recited upon awakening. Rabbi Shefa Gold takes us ...
The first prayer traditionally recited upon awakening in the morning is commonly translated as "I thank you," but that's not all it means.
This prayer is the quintessential Jewish declaration of faith.
This prayer traditionally recited immediately upon awakening thanks God for the return of the soul.
This prayer, traditionally recited in the evening, envisions God as a guide and shelter.
Starting the day with gratefulness opens the heart to the blessing of wonder.
What distinguishes the three services from one another?
Traditional Judaism answers with an emphatic "yes!"
The texts and practices of prayer, while broadly common to all Jewish communities, vary according to local customs, ethnic origins, and ideologies.