As we enter the time of Thanksgiving we have many things to thank Adonai for in our lives. The prayer that is said at this time of year is called Shehecheyanu. It is one of the oldest of the blessings and is said for holidays which do not have their own specific blessing.
Shehecheyanu is called the blessing of time. This most joyous blessing is recited at the arrival of any long awaited occasion.
This blessing speaks to our thankfulness for three parts of life:
1st, for life itself and the people who brought us into the world.
2nd, for the opportunities and people who helped raise us up to the life we live today.
3rd, for this very moment of joy and celebration.
It is a wonderful tradition to invoke in our families. As you recite this blessing let it enrich your appreciation of the little things in life.
Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
shehechehyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higianu laz’man hazeh
Our praise to You—our Eternal God, Sovereign of all—
for giving us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this season.