Kashrus Kurrents, Spring 2023
Shehecheyanu is a bracha
that is said on special occasions, which the Gemara defines as something that
only “happens from time to time.” We
say Shehecheyanu not only on religious occasions, such as the Yamim
Tovim, but also to express our appreciation for new experiences and pleasures.
Unlike the obligatory Shehecheyanus said on the zmanim and their mitzvos, these
brachos are voluntary; perhaps that is why people are not always careful to say
them in every situation that would warrant it.
The Shulchan Aruch writes, “One who sees a fruit which grows anew every year says Shehecheyanu, even if he sees it in his friend’s hand, or while still on the tree.” In other words, the primary motivator for the bracha should be the sight of the new fruit. This is indeed how the halacha was originally codified by the Rambam. However, the Mechaber concludes, “The custom is to […]