“Gratitude Makes You Happy!” ~Mendel
At his Bar Mitzvah, just a few weeks before his unexpected passing, Mendel explained the importance of gratitude and spoke about the short and powerful Tefillah of Modeh Ani.
In his words: “The twelve words of Modeh Ani contain profound principles of Judaism.”
- That Hashem is everywhere.
- Our waking up each morning hints at Hashem’s ability to create life from nothing. And even more amazing, it reminds us He is continually re-creating the world from scratch.
- Hashem’s returning our life to us despite our imperfections shows His kindness, something that we should emulate starting right when we wake up.
- We’re thankful for having our specific soul returned to us because of our unique importance to Hashem and his plans. “We matter!”
Mendel’s request: “It would mean so much to me if tomorrow morning, 300 people started their day thanking G-d for all of the good things in their life, beginning with just being alive.”
HELP US GIVE MENDEL THE GIFT HE ASKED FOR!
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I don’t always remember to say the Modeh Ani prayer upon awakening. I want to keep this card in prominent places in my home in hopes of making this the first thing I think of when my eyes open every morning. I will think of Mendel and pray that I can have the same faith and gratitude that he shared. Love to the Cotlar family for sharing him with us.
Beautiful! This is Inspiring, touching and an honor to Mendel’s memory. May you always remember sweet Mendel with a smile. I will remember him and your whole family every time I say the prayer.
This was jus a very beautiful video and letter written by a lovely mother this broke my heart
This was just beautiful written by the mother