Kabbalistic
Blessing for Life /
Beracha Shehechiyanu

"Baruch Atah Adonai, Barucha At Shekhinah,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam;
Baruch Atah YHVH/Elohim,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam -
Shehechiyanu v'kimanu v'higiyanu laz'man hazeh."

"Blessed are You,* Lord, and Blessed is Your Shekhinah,
Ruler of Time and Space;
Praise to You,* Elohim,
Sovereign of the Universe -
Who has given us life,** and sustained us,
and enabled us to reach this moment.***"

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Reform-Reconstructionist
Blessing for Life /
Beracha Shehechiyanu

"Baruch Atah YHVH/Hashem,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam;
Shehechiyanu v'kimanu v'higiyanu laz'man hazeh."

"Praise to You,* Eternal One,
Sovereign of the Universe -
Who has given us life,** and sustained us,
and enabled us to reach this moment.***"

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Orthodox-Conservative
Blessing for Life /
Beracha Shehechiyanu

"Baruch Atah YHVH/Adonai,
Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam;
Shehechiyanu v'kimanu v'higiyanu laz'man hazeh."

"Praised are You,* Lord our God,
King of the Universe -
Who has given us life,** and sustained us,
and enabled us to reach this moment.***"

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[* "Blessed are You" or "Praised are You" or "Praise to You"]
[** "given us life" or "kept us alive"]
[***"this moment" or "this day" or "this season"]


[Please note: Because "YHVH" is NEVER spoken, something else is always spoken instead. Orthodox and Conservative Jews use a masculine term for Deity ("Adonai" = "Lord"). Reform and Reconstructionist Jews often use a gender-neutral term ("HaShem" = "The Name") and refer to Deity as "Eternal One" or "Holy One". Kabbalists use gender-inclusive terms ("Elohim" or "Adonai"-"Shekhinah") to reunite the masculine and feminine elements of the Godhead.]

[a/k/a Beracha Shehecheyanu]