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The shehecheyanu blessing is recited, in addition to the regular blessing, whenever doing something for the first time that year, like doing a mitzvah, such as the first lighting the Chanukah candles, reading the Megillah on Purim, and taking the lulav and etrog on Sukkot.

In addition the first time each year one eats a fruit or vegetable which is seasonal, i.e., one which grows only at a certain time of the year, the fruit is considered a "new fruit" and this special blessing is recited.

The shehecheyanu should preferably be said before the regular blessing on the fruit, although some have the custom to say it afterwards. The blessing is said only if the fruit is ripe (not dried). Examples of seasonal fruits over which one can say this blessing: kiwi, fresh figs or dates, pomegranates, cherries, tangerines, cantaloupes, and strawberries.

Ba-ruch A-tah A-do-noi E-loi-hei-nu
Me-lech ha-o-lam she-he-chee-ya-nu v'ki-yi-ma-nu
vi-hi-gi-ya-nu liz-man ha-zeh.


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.

Listen to the recitation of the Shehechiyanu blessing
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Scott Steiner Columbus, Ohio March 14, 2017

I like saying the Shehecheyanu in Hebrew. It just has a more beautiful sound and feels more ancient and powerful. Thank you for you guidance with my Hebrew learning. Reply

jakob slovenia January 14, 2016

Nachon! In Hebrew, abosolutely. That would be helpful for all who are learning the language. And it would be right, too 😃. Reply

Rafael Sanchez February 27, 2014

I would have liked to have seen it printed in Hebrew also. Reply

Anonymous london, On/Canada October 21, 2012

I agree with previous reader. It would be wonderful to be able to listen the blessing. It is my birthday and I would be so glad to hear it. It is beautiful and powerful. Thank you. Blessings!. Reply

Anonymous Bronx, NY November 19, 2011

It would really be helpful if there was a little speaker button we could click so we could hear the words being said! Not everyone studying here speaks the language! We are learning. Thank you! Just a suggestion I would love! Reply

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