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Shehecheyanu

 

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The Shehecheyanu is a joyous blessing that is recited at the arrival of any long awaited occasion.

This blessing speaks to our thankfulness for three parts of life:

  • 1st, for life itself and the people who brought us into the world.
  • 2nd, for the opportunities and people who helped raise us up to the life we live today.
  • 3rd, for this very moment of joy and celebration.

 

English translation:
Blessed are You, O God, for giving us life, sustaining us and allowing us to reach this joyous time.

Phonetic Hebrew transliteration:
Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam shecheyanu v'kiy'manu v'higyanu lazman 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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