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Shehecheyanu

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Blessed are You, O Lord Our God, Ruler of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this day.

Hebrew Phonetic transliteration:

Baruch atah adonai eloheinu melech ha'aolam shehecheyanu v'kiy'manu, v'higiyanu laz'man hazeh.

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Hebrew for "blessed are You [,my God]." Introductory words to many Jewish prayers. Hebrew for "Who has given us life," part of a blessing thanking God for bringing us to a special or new moment. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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