The Morning Prayers, a Personal Interpretation
This interpretation was shared by Leslie Gordon.
The below is an excerpt from the National Center for Jewish Healings publication, The Outstretched Arm, Volume 2, Issue 3, Fall 2000/5761 The Masks of Purim. For copies of any issue of the publication, please contact us at
Prayer Upon Awakening Modeh/Modah Ani
Thought: O God, You have given me another day to live and struggle through.
Prayer: May I feel connected to the Source of all Being. May I be grateful for my life. Modah Ani, Living Spirit of the Universe, I am thankful for my life, body, soul, for my family, friends, community, and for all nature, I am thankful for my faith in You, Divine Energy of All.
Prayer for the Body Asher Yatzar (excerpt)
Thought: Im usually not very happy to be in this body when I wake. Sometimes this is my first thought. My body doesnt usually work well and sometimes hurts. When I remember that my body is my vessel for life, a precious opportunity for me to be in the world, I am grateful.
Prayer: Praised be Yah, the Life Force, Living Spirit of the Universe, who has given me this wondrous body, with all of its strengths and limitations, so that I may experience life and be in this holy world.
Prayer for the Soul Elohai Neshama (excerpt)
Prayer: Praised by Yah, Living Spirit of the Universe, May I remember that the spirit and soul You have given me is pure. Though I make mistakes, my essence is good and holy. With each breath, may I have the opportunity for goodness.
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