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Shehecheyanu: blessing (“who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season”) recited at the advent of festivals, at a fortuitous occasion, when eating new fruit, wearing new clothing, or performing a mitzvah for the first time that season.
Guidelines for making the blessing on new fruits
There are a number of times during the year, such as the second day of Rosh Hashanah (and, for some, the 15th of Shevat), when it is customary to eat a fruit that just came into season, which necessitates the celebratory blessing of shehecheyanu. Today, w...
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 an...
A wooden clog became a hanukkiah; strings from a uniform, a wick; and shoe polish, pure oil.
Get ready to reexamine everything you ever assumed you knew about Rosh Hashanah
When lighting the candles for Yom Tov, women recite the blessing of Shehecheyanu in addition to the blessing for kindling the lights for Yom Tov.
The Last Days of Passover
But all that wonder has yet to materialize. Our world is still one with war, with poverty, malice, still a world in exile from its essential, G‑dly nature.
The simple reason is that all the days of Pesach are one long holiday. Since we can only recite Shehechiyanu over a new holiday—and the last days are not a new holiday—the prayer is included in the Shehechiyanu of the first days.
We get a fish head, some fruit (and tired)
We picked out two juicy pomegranates (just in case one of them turns out to be a lemon).
Chanukah, 5743
The three blessings we recite before kindeling the menorah carry deep inside them the timeless Chanukah lessons for our service of G-d, specifically in our times.
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