Kitzur Tefilat Amecha #7

[adapted for middle-schoolers by Rabbi Shmuel Jablon from Rav Aviner's three-volume commentary on the siddur "Tefilat Amecha"]

In Birchot Ha-Shachar we bless Hashem "Who has not made me a non-Jew." Here we are not talking about an individual, we are talking about a nation. Even though a non-Jew can also choose the path of righteousness and merit life in the World to Come, we thank Hashem that we are part of the Nation of Israel, who have been given the Torah which guides us on the right path, and helps us avoid the many obstacles which prevent a person from fulfilling his mission in life. This is what makes our Nation holy.