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Jan 28

What if you don’t feel that alive feeling when you get something new: should you still say שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu)?

Over the last several weeks,  Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th-5th grade) has been exploring the blessing, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu). We began by pulling out the root of שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) which is חַי (alive). Children came up with different moments they felt SUPER ALIVE. For example, receiving shoes as a gift that “I didn’t think I’d actually get”. So what are you feeling inside when that happens? Grateful, energized, happy, just to name a few. 

But, Anafim v’Alonim (“Branches” and “Oak trees” for 4th-5th grade) children wondered:

What if you don’t feel that alive feeling when you get something new: should you still say שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu)?

Children had so many opinions around this question. Here are a few examples: 

  • “If you aren’t excited, then you aren’t excited! So if you say I like it and you’re not excited they will know that you don’t like it because you’re not excited. Like your body language and facial expressions.”
  • “So I think you should say thank you but not the שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) because the  שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu)  is all about feeling like alive then it doesn’t make sense to say it if you don’t have that feeling. I think you should still be nice about it.” 
  • “You just say שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ (Shehecheyanu) because it feels good, that’s kind of like a good deed.” 

Check back soon to read and see the incredible ideas coming out of our time together!

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