By Levi Clancy for לוי on
שהחינו Shehecheyanu is recited when something pleasant is encountered after not happening for a while.
This includes all holidays except שבת shabbat. It is said on the first night of Hanukkah, but not for the other nights of that holiday. The blessing is also recited upon such occasions as affixing a mezuzah (particularly on a new home), buying new dress clothes, or eating a rare fruit. It has been formally used since the Talmuds were written nearly two thousand years ago.
|ברוך אתה ה' א‑לוהינו מלך העולם||barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam||now bless our blessed lord, our god, majesty of the universe|
|שהחינו וקימנו||she'hehiyanu v'kiy'manu||who has kept us alive, sustained us,|
|והגענו לזמן הזה||v'higi'anu la‑z'man ha‑ze||and enabled us to reach this season|