In a land that oozes holiness, watching my wife Michelle, a long distance lover of Israel, rediscover the Holy Land has been fascinating.
My all time favorite prayer is Shehecheyanu, the Jewish prayer for first time events. We say it whenever something new happens. Given the Jewish penchant for finding blessings in each moment of life, this prayer is also recited the first time something happens in a given year. Like holidays. I have sweet memories of singing it with my kids when teeth fell out, when we jumped in the pool for the first time each summer, and when we began school years.
Here Congregation Or Ami’s Chorale sings the Shehecheyanu as we begin Rosh Hashana evening services. As you listen to the beautiful tune, consider what you count as your most important Shehecheyanu moments of this past year.