Sunday, January 31, 2010

Shehechiyanu on vegetables


Yesterday we said that one does not recite this blessing regarding vegetables, because they are available all year. Note that for the purpose of this law, "vegetables" refers to produce upon which we recite "borei pri ha'adamah."

Of course, certain vegetables are only available seasonally, but we still do not recite the Shehechiyanu for vegetables.

Two reasons are presented for this ruling:

1. Most vegetables are available most of the year, and we don't distinguish between one vegetable and another within the general category, and

2. Vegetables can be preserved for long periods of time without deterioration in quality, and so one does not feel great joy when they are again available fresh.

Of course, one would not recite Shehechiyanu on a fruit which was around all year, either.

(Mishneh Berurah 225:18)

Have a great day,

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