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Halacha - Bracha Shehechiyanu
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Answer: The beracha of Shehechiyanu is mentioned numerous times in the Gemora. It is recited either on performing a Mitzva that occurs periodically, or on a Yom Tov, or on hearing good tidings. While certainly a joyous occasion, a Bar Mitzva does not meet any of the criteria delineated by Chazal and therefore we do not say Shehechiyanu. However, some opinions hold that a boy does say this beracha the first time he puts on tefillin, since this is the performance of a Mitzva that he has never done before and is therefore considered periodical.
posted:2008-07-23 12:58:40

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