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מודה אני | Modeh Ani by Moshe ibn Makhir (interpretive translation by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi)

Source (Hebrew) Translation (English)

מוֹדָה|מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ
מֶֽלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם
שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי
נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה
רַבָּה
אֱמוּנָתֶךָ‏׃
Thank You, Living God
And Master,
For giving me
Another day of awareness.
I thank You
For this sacred trust.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z”l, included this interpretive translation of “Modeh Ani” in his Siddur Tehillat Hashem Yidaber Pi (2009). To the best of my ability, I have set his translation side-by-side with a transcription of the vocalized text of the prayer. –Aharon N. Varady

Modeh Ani first appeared as an addendum in Seder ha-Yom by Rav Moshe Ibn Machir of Tsfat, published in 1599.

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