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The Musings of a Rabbi - Issue #14

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October 4 · Issue #14 · View online
The Musings of a Rabbi
Boker Tov and Shavua Tov! I’m writing this and drinking coffee and thinking about how amazing it is to be in 5782. A friend asked me the other day what are my plans for this year. I told her I wasn’t sure I have to see what unfolds. I love that every year around this time after deep personal reflection we get to start over.

Waking Up with Gratitude 
Modah/Modeh Ani:
מודה אני לפניך מלך חי וקים שהחזרת בי נשמתי בחמלה, רבה אמונתך.
Modeh/Modah ani lifanecha ruach chai v’kayam shehechezarta bi nishmahti b’chemlah, rabah emunatecha.
I offer thanks to You, God, for You have restored my soul within me; You God are awesome.
Modah Ani is said immediately upon rising essentially before we get out of bed and this blessing should be the first words we utter every morning. When we recite Modah Ani we are essentially thanking God for giving us another day. We wake up grateful instead of thinking about what may have happened the previous day and our first conscious thoughts are spent expressing, “thank you.” The blessing of Modah Ani is a nice way to wake up and remind ourselves to be thankful instead of thinking about the stuff that weighs us down. Basically, if we wake up with a feeling of gratitude, we feel grateful, and we can continue with a more positive day. 
I believe that when we wake up in the morning we’re presented with a choice, we can say “This day sucks!” or we can say “Wow! How awesome is this day?” And even if we believe that this day sucks, it can be changed into an awesome day with a blessing of gratitude.
I understand that things are not always great and there are often rough times but it’s nice to wake up and kind of remind ourselves to be thankful instead of thinking about the stuff that weighs us down.
Rabbi Talk: Waking Up with Gratitude ✡️ Episode 8 Modah Ani / Modeh Ani
If you are not following me on the socials I hope you will consider. I can be found on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with the user name Rabbi Sandra. I’m continuing to grow my Youtube channel and if you haven’t already I hope you will subscribe and help me get to 1k. When I get to 1k I’ve decided to have a Youtube live event. Not sure yet what that will look like but keep thinking about it.
Lastly,
I’ve got a growing collection of guitars and I’ve also started talking about them on Youtube the latest is below:
Unboxing and Reviewing the Epiphone Inspired by Gibson J200
I Almost Forgot to add this:
I received this beautiful letter from the President of the United States, Joe Biden.
Have a great day and a great start to your week.
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