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Saturday, 6 November 2010

[This was published on motzei Shabbat]


Mornings are the bane of my existence. There are people who wake up easily and are ready to greet the day with a joyful countenance. I am not one of them. I have never been one of them. [It’s true; ask my parents.]

I daven the same prayers every morning. And yet, today was the day that I had the following epiphany:

I love Birkot HaShakhar. Instead of dreading the morning because I don’t like to get up so early, what if I change my attitude? What if I try anticipating the arrival of the day because I truly enjoy the prayers associated with it?

I’ll let you know how it goes…

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  1. Sunday, 7 November 2010 7:01 am

    I am one of those who has no difficulty beginning each morning. I, too, love Birkot HaShakhar. I cannot read the mind of whoever it was who wrote the original text, but it would not surprise me in the least to learn that s/he meant it to teach us of the beauty of beginning each day. Similarly, as I say שמע and שהחינו each night as I close my eyes, I say מודה אני as I open my eyes to greet the morning. I hope your re-framing helps.

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