jkid Firsts: Shechiyanu Moments

The first years of life are full of so many firsts!


In our Jewish tradition, the Shecheyanu blessing is the blessing of gratitude that is said when you do something for the first time, when you reach a milestone--and as a parent, you can say for all of your baby's firsts, as well as marking your own. The blessing goes:

“Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe,
who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.”

Click here to watch a video of the blessing in Hebrew and with transliteration.

Some of those milstones may include:

First Tooth

First Haircut (There's a Jewish ritual called an upsheren for this one)

First Steps

First Vacation

First Day Of Childcare/School

First Food

First Chanukah, Passover and other Jewish holidays

First Purim Costume

PJ Books related to Shechiyanu Moments

I Say Shehechiyanu

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A video about when to say Shechiyanu

Sheldon Low sings the Shechiyanu song

Childhood Milestones