Blessings for Life’s Moments

Shehecheyanu – Celebrating a Festive Occasion

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
shehehchehyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higianu laz’man hazeh.

We praise You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of the universe, for giving us life,
for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.

Eating Bread

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
hamotzi lechem min haaretz.

Our praise to You, Eternal our God, Sovereign of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Lighting a Yahrzeith (Memorial) Candle

Before lighting a yahrzeit candle, take a moment to bring to mind the relative you are remembering. You might choose to read the following prayer:

O God, grant us the strength as we mourn the loss of ________.
We will always have cherished memories of him/her.
Bless our family with light and peace. May ______’s memory continue to serve as a blessing and an inspiration to all who knew and loved him/her.

Zichrono/zichronah livrachah
His/her memory is a blessing.

Mourners Kaddish may be recited at this time.