Follow a little girl and her baby brother throughout the year as she says “Shehechiyanu”, the beautiful blessing for expressing thanks when something takes place for the first time, or when it happens again after a long time. I SAY SHEHECHIYANU, written by Joanne Rocklin and illustrated by Monika Filipina, is a beautiful picture book suitable for all Jewish festivities, celebrations, and the proud “first times” of childhood.
Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.
Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.
What are some things you have done for the first time this year?
What does Shehechiyanu mean?
“The Shehechiyanu is a really beautiful concept,” Rocklin said of the Hebrew blessing traditionally said upon experiencing something new. “It’s giving thanks and being in the moment and cherishing new things.”
For Temple Sinai in Oakland, California, with gratitude, and to my beloved grandchildren.
To my baby sister who was my inspiration.