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Modeh Ani or Modeh (Hebrew: מודה אני; "I give thanks," the first words of the prayer) is a Jewish
prayer that observant Jews recite daily upon waking, while still in bed.
Hebrew: מודה אני לפניך מלך חי וקים שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה, רבה אמונתך.
Transliteration: Modeh ani lifanecha melech chai v'kayam shehechezarta bi nishmahti b'chemlah,
Translation: I offer thanks before you, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my
soul within me; Your faithfulness is great.
Lamentations states that "The Lord's mercies are not consumed, surely His compassions do not fail.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness" (Lam. 3:22–23.. From this, the Shulchan
Aruch deduces that every morning, God renews every person as a new creation. (Ch. 1, 2.) For this,
it is taught that one should thank God, and that is the purpose of the Modeh Ani.
As the Modeh Ani does not include any of the names of God, observant Jews may recite it before
washing their hands. According to the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, one should pause slightly between the
words "compassion" and "abundant is Your faithfulness."
The tradition to recite Modeh Ani upon waking grew up after the Talmud. In Talmudic times, upon
waking, Jews traditionally said the prayer Elohai Neshamah: "My God, the soul that You have placed
in me is pure" (Berakhot 60b.). This prayer has been moved to the morning prayers.
Because of its simplicity, Modeh Ani has become a favorite prayer for small children.
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by grace through faith as stated in the Torah