Sunday, January 24, 2010

Shehechiyanu upon seeing a new fruit


With Tu b'Shevat next Friday night and Shabbat, and an associated custom of eating fruit that has not been in season for a while, let's review the laws of reciting Shehechiyanu before eating a new fruit.

One who sees a newly available fruit which is only available in certain seasons, and feels great joy at seeing it, recites the blessing of 'Shehechiyanu.' The text of the blessing is 'Baruch Atah Ado--nai Elo--heinu Melech HaOlam Shehechiyanu viKiyimanu viHigianu laZman haZeh.' 'Blessed are You, Gd, Our Lord, King of the Universe, who has given us life, maintained us and brought us to this day.'

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 225:3)

Have a great day,

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