Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Modeh Ani

Shema_L_medHere’s a new meditation based on a line of Jewish prayer. I’ve taken the prayer said on waking up, Modeh Ani, and created a ‘loop’ by shifting and replacing three words: ‘soul,’ ‘love’ and ‘trust.’ As the verses progress, the first of these words moves out and the other two move over to fill the empty spot, with a new word entering in the last position. The loop completes with the words of the original prayer reentering one-by-one until the line is restored. The result is a lovely set of combinations.

I’ve also used the Shema, and a line said before the Shema – “Gather us in peace…” – as starting points for “Affirmation of Faith” and “Gathering: A Dream of Reunion.”

Modeh Ani
מודה אני לפניך מלך חי וקיים שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה, רבה אמונתך
Modeh (modah) ani lifanekha melekh ḥai v’kayam sheheḥezarta bi nishmahti b’ḥemlah, rabah emunatekha.

I thank You, G-d,
Creator of life, Eternal One,
For restoring my soul with love
Filled with Your eternal trust.

I thank You, G-d,
Creator of life, Eternal One,
For restoring my love with trust
Filled with Your eternal hope.

I thank You, G-d,
Creator of life, Eternal One,
For restoring my trust with hope
Filled with Your eternal kindness.

I thank You, G-d,
Creator of life, Eternal One,
For restoring my hope with kindness
Filled with Your eternal justice.

I thank You, G-d,
Creator of life, Eternal One,
For restoring my kindness with justice
Filled with Your eternal mercy.

I thank You, G-d,
Creator of life, Eternal One,
For restoring my justice with mercy
Filled with Your eternal peace.

I thank You, G-d,
Creator of life, Eternal One,
For restoring my mercy with peace
Filled with Your eternal soul.

I thank You, G-d,
Creator of life, Eternal One,
For restoring my peace with soul
Filled with Your eternal love.

I thank You, G-d,
Creator of life, Eternal One,
For restoring my soul with love
Filled with Your eternal trust.

© 2013 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: I’ve used the same technique of shifting and replacing words in another prayer “For Devotion” which begins with the line “O Lord, open You my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise” (Psalms 51:17). This line is used to set the intention for devotion in prayer before reciting the Amidah. See also: “Affirmation of Faith” and “Gathering: A Dream of Reunion.”

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4 Responses to “Modeh Ani”

  1. Douglas Masters

    Beautiful. Thanks. Is the print available to purchase?

    Reply
    • tobendlight

      Doug, great to hear from you. I hope you are well. I don’t know. You may want to email “LadyMama” Mimi Hecht to find out. (Just click the link on the source line and take it away from there!) Best, Alden

      Reply
  2. Sandee Holleb

    Moving and so meaningful. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

    Reply

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