A prayer spoken by Jews upon tasting any fruit for the first time that year, upon receiving good news, upon buying a new pair of shoes, and many other occasions.

Baruch ata Adonai, elohainu melech ha-olam, sheheheyanu v'kee-y'manu v'hee-gee-anu lazman hazeh. (Transliteration from To Be A Jew.)

Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God (or "Lord of the Universe"), who has kept us in life, and sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.

Like many Jewish prayers, there is a wonderful cadence to this benediction. It's usually said in a rhythm like this:

    ba-RUKH ah-TAH ah-doh-NYE,
    el-o-HAY-nu meh-lekh ha-o-LAHM,
    lahz-MAHN ha-ZEH.

Although I don't often pray, I recently had cause to invoke this blessing when I regained full hearing a few days before my appointment with the otolaryngologist finally arrived. By no means do I consider this a miracle or faith healing, but I felt blessed and I used the words above to convey my gratitude.

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