If you can't read a letter of Hebrew and want to pray in the spirit of Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob, and our other forefathers, the Hebrew Prayers Learning Series (HPLS) is
a great place to start.
A Jew thinks of Hashem (God) constantly. The multitude of Hebrew brachot
(blessings) and mitzvahs (commandments) help us bring our awareness and gratitude
of Hashem to the forefront of our consciousness.
Connecting to Hashem starts upon wakening . Before the hands are washed.
A Jew is taught that upon awakening, to first have awareness of God, King. This
connection is made by the MohDeh Ah'nee prayer. It does not contain God's name
and is usually said in bed.
After saying MohDeh Ah'nee, the first mitzvah is to wash the hands. (Some Jews keep
a basin of water alongside the bed to perform this mitzvah.) The saying of this first
blessing, however, is delayed unil one completes going to the bathroom.
After the bathroom, a spiritual washing is performed, and while the hands are being
dried, NehTeeLaht YahDahYeem is said, followed by Ah'sher YahTzahr.
The procedure for washing of the hands is usually performed using a two-handled
First the right is washed, then the left hand. This is repeated twice.
The Neh'teeLaht YahDahYeem blessing is said only after using the bathroom for the
first time. It is also said each time one washes before eating bread.
In the morning the next prayers are in Preliminary Morning section of the prayer book
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Thoughts about Praying
|The MohDeh Ah'nee Prayer is the first thing said by many Jews upon awakening and can
be said before washing ones hands.
|Phonetic-Transliterated Prayer Books (Siddurim)