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Shehecheyanu: The Jewish Blessing for Firsts

Shehecheyanu (pronounced sheh-hekh-ey-ya-noo) is a Jewish blessing for firsts.

There’s a lot of emphasis in Judaism on stopping to recognize special moments. Some do this in the form of a prayer or a blessing for the first time they are doing something new. It’s said the first time you light Chanukah candles, the first time you taste matzah or the first time you taste a new fruit in a year. It’s also said at a conversion, the birth of a new child or upon seeing a friend for the first time in ages.

Take a moment to learn this Jewish blessing for firsts so the next time you find yourself in a first, you’ll know what to say.

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