Friday, September 14, 2012

New fruit or clothes for second night of Rosh HaShanah


Do I need a new fruit in order to recite Shehechiyanu on the second night of Rosh haShanah?

The second day of Rosh haShanah is considered an extension of the first day for certain laws, and therefore it may not warrant an independent Shehechiyanu. Therefore, one who will recite Shehechiyanu in lighting candles or in making kiddush should provide some other reason for reciting Shehechiyanu, such as by having a new fruit present, or wearing new clothing.

Shechiyanu should be recited for fruit only if it becomes available seasonally. Some suggest that one should not normally recite Shehechiyanu on a seasonal fruit which is available via import all through the year, but for the sake of the berachah on Rosh haShanah one may use this fruit.

One who has neither new clothing nor a new fruit should still recite Shechiyanu.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 225:6; 600:2; Mishneh Berurah 600:4; Igrot Moshe Orach Chaim 3:34)

Have a great day,

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