Jewish tradition places great value on gratitude, and music is a powerful way to express that gratitude. It is apropos, then, that among the December PJ Library music selections this month are four different renditions of the Modeh Ani prayer of thanks.
As the Talmudic sage Rabbi Meir once said, “A person is obliged to recite 100 blessings every day.” (Menachot 43b)
Traditionally, expressing gratitude begins first thing in the morning upon awakening with the recitation of the prayer Modeh Ani, which loosely translates to “Thank God I’m alive!” — a more literal translation might be, “I give thanks to you, God, for mercifully restoring my soul to me. Your faithfulness is great.”
This morning prayer has been the inspiration of many melodies. In turn, these songs provide meaningful and popular ways of expressing gratitude among adults and children alike.
MODEH ANI-INSPIRED SONGS FOR DECEMBER
Indeed, four of PJ Library music selections this month offer different renditions of the Modeh Ani prayer. They are:
December 8, 2013