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 can be 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 reciting of the blessing for washing the hands is N'teeLaht YahDahYeem, which
is delayed until one has gone to the bathroom.
The Ah'sher YahTzahr blessing is then also said.
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 N'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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|The MohDeh Ah'nee Prayer is the first thing said by many Jews upon awakening and can
be said before washing ones hands.
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