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Is the Shehecheyanu blessing recited whenever lighting holiday candles?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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After reciting the holiday candle-lighting blessing (which you can find in your prayerbook or on line), the Shehecheyanu blessing is recited, thanking G-d for giving us the life and strength to reach this special day.

The Shehecheyanu blessing is recited during every holiday candle-lighting aside for the last days of Passover. On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, the kindler should wear a new garment or have a new seasonal fruit on the table while lighting the candles, and have it in mind when reciting the Shehecheyanu blessing.1


  • 1. The two days of Rosh Hashanah are halachically considered “one long day.” Therefore there is doubt whether the Shehecheyanu blessing is recited on the second night. Since the new garment or fruit is sufficient reason to recite the Shehecheyanu, we thus avoid any doubt regarding the appropriateness of the blessing. If no new garment or fruit is available, the Shehecheyanu is still recited.


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A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
Rosh Hashanah
The Jewish New Year. An early autumn two day holiday marking the creation of Adam and Eve. On this day we hear the blasts of the ram's horn and accept G-d's sovereignty upon ourselves and the world. On Rosh Hashanah we pray that G-d should grant us all a sweet New Year.
A blessing recited on joyous occasions. The blessing thanks G-d for "sustaining us and enabling us to reach this occasion."
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.