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Is there a blessing recited when moving in to a new home?

Is there a blessing recited when moving in to a new home?


When dedicating a new home, the shehecheyanu blessing is recited.

The words are:

Baruch Ata A-do-nai Elo-heinu Melech Haolam she-hech-e-ya-nu v'ki-ma-nu v'hi-gi-ya-nu li-z'man hazeh.

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.

This blessing is recited on certain joyous occasions, such as when doing a mitzvah which does not happen on a regular basis (example: when lighting the menorah on the first night of Chanukah), on Biblical holidays, when purchasing a valuable article of clothing, or when eating a new fruit for the first time in its season.

Similarly, on the occasion of buying a new home -- which certainly is a joyous occasion -- this blessing is recited.

For various reasons,1 the custom today is that when celebrating the housewarming, a new fruit is eaten, and the shehecheyanu blessing is recited while having in mind that it should apply to both the new home and the new fruit.

May you always write with good news,

Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson

P.S. Upon entering a new home, one is required to affix a mezuzah to its doorways. A blessing is recited when doing this special mitzvah:2

Baruch Ata A-do-nai Elo-heinu Melech Haolam asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu likboa mezuzah.

Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to affix a mezuzah

Refer to the following links for more information on these topics:

Moving in to a new home
The shecheyanu blessing

Including the fact that today, at the time of purchase most houses are primarily owned by the bank, not the "purchaser."
If renting outside of Israel, the mezuzah isn't affixed until thirty days after moving into a new home. Others have the custom of affixing the mezuzot immediately -- however the blessing still isn't recited until after one month in the rented home. For more information, see When Do I Need a Mezuzah?
Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson is a writer who lives with his family in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Samuel Okeke Abuja July 30, 2014

Can one still make hanukat habayit in a house one has lived for years?
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Baruch S. Davidson Brooklyn July 19, 2011

Re: Chanukat Habayit One should not move in to a new home during the 3 weeks. There are differing opinions regarding making a Chanukat Habayit during the 3 weeks, when one has already moved in before. Some say it is fine, but others say that even without meat and wine it should not be done during the 3 weeks, and it is preferable to wait for a time of happier symbolism. Reply

msp modiin, israel July 18, 2011

chanukat bait during the 3 weeks can one do a chanukat bait during the 3 gathering with food and drink Reply

Anonymous Chesterfield, MO January 4, 2011

Remodeling your house I see none responded to your questions. So I will try. If they are Kosher you can try to find someone who can use them. If not then you can have them buried properly. No Minyan is needed. Yes you can make a grand opening gathering as a gather of Jews is always a good thing. If the store room is larger thank 6x6 feet then yes it does require a Mezuzah. Same with the Laundtry room. Mazal Tov on the remodel. Much joy in the "new" home. Reply

Anonymous hebron, israel May 4, 2010

remodeling my house My wife and i have nearly completed redoing our house . After we have nearly competd the house I want to change all the mezuzot. a) What do i do with the old ones? We have added rooms and so on. b) Do we have a "chanukat bayit"? do we have a minyan to put up the new mezuzot? c) We built a storeroom and laundry outside, do we put a mazuzah there too. Please help, thank you in advance. Reply

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