Shehecheyanu: The Jewish Blessing for Firsts
Shehecheyanu (pronounced sheh-hekh-ey-ya-noo) is a Jewish blessing for firsts.There’s a lot of emphasis in Judaism on stopping to recognize special moments. Some do this in the form of a prayer or a blessing for the first time they are doing something new. It’s said the first time you light Chanukah candles, the first time you taste matzah or the first time you taste a new fruit in a year. It’s also said at a conversion, the birth of a new child or upon seeing a friend for the first time in ages.
Take a moment to learn this Jewish blessing for firsts so the next time you find yourself in a first, you’ll know what to say.
The videos in the Lifecycles Series were made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of their Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood. Based in San Francisco, the Koret Foundation supports groups like G‑dcast that contribute to a thriving community enhancing the quality of life for all.
Storyboards and Character Illustrations by Jeanne Stern
Animation by Alex Salsberg
Background Illustrations by Tammy Chang
Music by Ben Bromfield
Produced, Directed, and Sound Edited by Jeremy Shuback
Audience Development and Partnership Coordination by Lisa Finkelstein
Executive Producer was Sarah Lefton
Thanks to the rest of the G‑dcast Team, Koret Foundation leaders, and Distribution Partner organizations for their pluralistic guidance and general expertise.
There are a myriad of Jewish subcultures and people, and the conversations in this video explore the array of choices people make in interpreting different types of Jewish rituals today.
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