Jewish Prayers: Shehecheyanu Blessing
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The Shehecheyanu blessing was introduced to encourage Jews to offer thanks for new and unusual experiences. It it typically recited atthe beginning of holidays and to celebrate special occasions.
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu, v'kiy'manu, v'higiyanu laz'man hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season.
Sources: Alfred J.Kolatch, The Second Jewish Book of Why, (NY: Jonathan David Publishers, 1989);
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, The Tapestry of Jewish Time, NJ: Behrman House, 2000);