Berakhot - Blessings

Berakhot (Blessings): Blessings Upon Awakening in the Morning

Shalom everyone! The following are the berakhot (blessings) that are traditionally recited upon awakening from sleep in the morning. This is a basic overview of the blessings upon awakening; there are a number of laws associated with these blessings which one should know. The blessings upon awakening in the morning are recited in the following order:

  1. Modeh Ani – recited immediately upon awakening;
  2. Netilat Yadayim Shacharit – ritual washing of hands immediately after the “Modeh Ani.” Ritual handwashing takes place outside the restroom using a wash cup and a basin. Most devout Jews keep a wash cup filled with water and a basin near their beds so that this mitzvah can be performed immediately after reciting the “Modeh Ani”;
  3. Asher Yatzar – recited immediately upon leaving the restroom after relieving oneself and, once again, washing one’s hands, this time without the blessing for “Netilat Yadayim”;
  4. Elohai Neshamah – recited after the “Asher Yatzar.”

Blessings Upon Awakening

Blessings Hebrew
Modeh Ani – Recited immediately upon awakening. מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה, רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ “I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Great is Your faithfulness.”
Netilat Yadayim Shacharit – “Raising [after ritually washing] the hands of the morning” after full night’s sleep or a lengthy nap. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה׳ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל נְטִילַת יָדָיִם Blessed are you, L-‘rd our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the washing of the hands.
Asher Yatzar – Recited upon leaving the restroom after relieving oneself and once again washing one’s hands. Please note that blessings should never be recited while in a bathroom.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה׳ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר יָצַר אֶת

.הָאָדָם בְּחָכְמָה וּבָרָא בוֹ נְקָבִים נְקָבִים חֲלוּלִים חֲלוּלִים גָּלוּי וְיָדוּעַ לִפְנֵי כִסֵּא כְבוֹדֶךָ שֶׁאִם יִפָּתֵחַ אֶחָד מֵהֶם אוֹ יִסָּתֵם אֶחָד מֵהֶם אִי אֶפְשַׁר לְהִתְקַיֵּם וְלַעֲמוֹד לְפָנֶיךָ .אֲפִילוּ שָׁעָה אֶחָת .בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה׳ רוֹפֵא כָל בָּשָׂר וּמַפְלִיא לַעֲשֹוֹת

“Blessed are You, L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, Who formed man with wisdom and created within him many openings and many hollows. It is obvious and known before Your Throne of Glory that if even one of them ruptures, or if even one of them becomes blocked, it would be impossible to survive and to stand before You (even for a short period). Blessed are You, L-rd, Who heals all flesh and acts wondrously.”
Elohai Neshamah – Recited in the morning after the “Asher Yatzar” אֱ-לֹהַי, נְשָׁמָה שֶׁנָּתַתָּ בִּי טְהוֹרָה הִיא. אַתָּה בְרָאתָהּ, אַתָּה יְצַרְתָּהּ, אַתָּה נְפַחְתָּהּ בִּי, [ וְאַתָּה מְשַׁמְּרָהּ בְּקִרְבִּי, וְאַתָּה עָתִיד לִטְּלָהּ מִמֶּנִּי, וּלְהַחֲזִירָהּ בִּי לֶעָתִיד לָבוֹא. כָּל זְמַן שֶׁהַנְּשָׁמָה בְּקִרְבִּי מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ ה’ אֱ-לֹהַי וֵא-לֹהֵי אֲבוֹתַי. רִבּוֹן כָּל הַמַּעֲשִׂים אֲדוֹן כָּל הַנְּשָׁמוֹת. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’, הַמַּחֲזִיר נְשָׁמוֹת לִפְגָרִים מֵתִים “My G-d, the soul You have given me is pure. You created it, You formed it, and You breathed it into me. [and You guard it while it is within me, and one day You will take it from me, and restore it to me in the time to come. As long as the soul is within me, I will thank You, L-rd my G-d and G-d of my ancestors, Master of all works, L-rd of all souls. Blessed are You, L-rd, who restores souls to lifeless bodies].”

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