Sukkah Blessing

The following blessing is said before partaking of a meal in the sukkah:

Bah-rookh ah-tah ah-doh-noi eh-loh-hay-noo meh-lekh hah-oh-lahm ah-sher ki-deh-shah-noo beh-mitz-voh-tahv veh-tzee-vah-noo lay-shayv bah-soo-kah

Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to dwell in the sukkah.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לֵישֵׁב בַּסֻּכָּה

Shehecheyanu Blessing

When eating in the sukkah for the first time this year, say the following blessing:

Bah-rookh ah-tah ah-doh-noi eh-loh-hay-noo meh-lekh hah-oh-lahm sheh-heh-kheh-yah-noo veh-kee-mah-noo ve-hig-ee-yah-noo liz-mahn hah-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.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִיעָנוּ לִזְמַן הַזֶּה

Notes

  1. On the first two nights of Sukkot, both blessings are incorporated into the Kiddush (as outlined in the Siddur).
  2. One who did not have a chance to eat in the sukkah on the first night of Sukkot should say Shehecheyanu whenever the first opportunity arises.
  3. The blessing over the sukkah is said after you have said the blessing over your food, before you partake.
  4. According to Chabad custom, the sukkah blessing is also said when making Havdalah.
  5. The sukkah blessing is not said when eating in the sukkah on Shemini Atzeret.