I thank You, living and eternal King, for giving me back my soul in mercy (compassion). Great is Your faithfulness.
Modeh (men) modah (women) ani melek chai v’kayam shehecḥezarta bi nishmahti b’cḥemlah, rabah emunatekha.
These words are said immediately upon waking from sleep. In them we thank God for life itself, renewed each day. Sleep, said the sages, is ‘one sixtieth of death” (Berakhot 57b). Waking, therefore, is a miniature rebirth. Despite its brevity, this sentence articulates a transformative act of faith; the recognition that life is a gift from God. Expressing gratitude at the fact of being alive, we prepare ourselves to celebrate and sanctify the new day.
©Koren Siddur, 1981