jkid Firsts: Shechiyanu Moments

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

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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

Want To Learn More?

A video about when to say Shechiyanu

Sheldon Low sings the Shechiyanu song

Childhood Milestones

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