03 May Jewish Prayer

Baruch Atta Adonai Eloheinu Melekh Ha’olam Shechecheyanu Vikeyimanu Vihegiyanu Lasman Hazeh

The Shehecheyanu  is a common Jewish prayer said to celebrate special occasions. It is said to be thankful for new and unusual experiences.] The blessing has been recited by Jews or nearly 2000 years. It comes from the Talmud (Berachot 54a, Pesakhim 7b, Sukkah 46a, etc.)

The blessing of Shehecheyanu is recited in thanks or commemoration of:

  • Generally, when doing or experiencing something that occurs infrequently from which one derives pleasure or benefit.
  • The beginning of a holiday.
  • The first performance of certain mitzvoth in a year.
  • Eating a new fruit for the first time in a year
  • Seeing a friend who has not been seen in thirty days
  • Acquiring a new home, or significant new articles of clothing or utensils, such as a new suit
  • The birth of a child (but not at the circumcision)

[Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.]