shehecheyanu

Alternative Spellings

shehechiyanu, shehekheyanu, shehekhiyanu, sheheheanu, shehehianu, shehehiyanu

Definitions

  • the blessing of thanksgiving that celebrates reaching a celebratory moment or marking a significant first

Example Sentences

  • "This is truly a shehechiyanu moment."
  • "Please join hands as we sing Shehechiyanu."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

שהחיינו 'lit. who has given us life'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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