Bringing Together and Educating Descendants of Sephardic Conversos
The Modeh Ani Lefanecha is the first “prayer” recited upon awakening. This version is sung in a Moroccan Melody and the two blessings that follow are also recited.
My goal is to record the entire siddur or at least the majority of it for educational purposes using melodies that are Moroccan, Spanish-Portuguese, Turkish, or Syrian in origins as well as some that are a blend.
The first sentence states, “I gratefully thank you for restoring my soul to me in kindness and compassion.” The siddur used is the Bircat Shelemo siddur which includes a Spanish translation and transliteration.
Posted by Rabbi Dr. Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez the director of the B’nei Anusim Center for Education. For a more complete review of Iberian Jewish history and the Crypto- Jewish Experience see The Rise of the Inquisition and Secret Jews: The Complex Identity of Crypto-Jews and Crypto-Judaism