Shehechiyanu during Sefira on new fruits and other occasions

Shehechiyanu during Sefira part 2:

C. May one eat a Shehechiyanu fruit during Sefira?

Those who are accustomed to avoiding saying Shehechiyanu during the period of Sefira, are to avoid eating new fruits during the weekdays of Sefira. One may, however, eat new fruits on Shabbos and Lag Baomer, as stated above in B.

If the fruit will no longer be available after the three weeks:[1] A fruit which will no longer be available [i.e. not in season] after the Sefira period [and cannot be guarded until then due to spoilage or loss of taste[2]], may be eaten and have Shehechiyanu recited over it during the period of Sefira. [Nonetheless, those who say Shehechiyanu on Shabbos, are to wait until Shabbos to say it, unless the fruit will spoil by that time.[3]]



If during Sefira one said Shehechiyanu on a new fruit and prior to eating the fruit, realized his mistake, what is he to do?

One is to eat the new fruit, as the blessing as already made.[4]


If one said a blessing of Haeitz over a new fruit, and then realized that the fruit is to receive a blessing of Shehechiyanu, what is he to do?[5]

Some Poskim[6] rule he is to recite the blessing of Shehechiyanu on the fruit. Other Poskim[7] rule he is to eat the fruit without reciting Shehechiyanu.

May a pregnant woman or sick person eat a new fruit if they have a craving it?

Yes.[8] Some Poskim[9] rule they are to eat the new fruit without reciting the blessing of Shehechiyanu. However, other Poskim[10] rule the blessing of Shehechiyanu is to be recited.

May a child eat a new fruit and recite Shehechiyanu?[11]

A child who is too young to understand the mourning period may be given a new fruit to eat and recite Shehechiyanu, if he is craving for the fruit.

D. Pidyon Haben or Bris:[12]

One may say Shehechiyanu during a Pidyon Haben [or Bris Mila[13], for those accustomed,] that takes place during Sefira, as he should not lose out from the Mitzvah.

E. Birth of a daughter and other occurrences:[14]

During the Sefira period, one may recite Shehechiyanu on the birth of a daughter and other occurrences of the like which require a Shehechiyanu.


F. Hatov Vehameitiv-May one recite the blessing of Hatov Vehameitiv during the Sefira period?[15]


G. Hagomel-May one recite the blessing of Hagomel during the Sefira period?[16]



[1] So rule regarding the three weeks and the same applies even more so during the nine days: Rama 551:17; Binyoman Zeev 163; Teshuvos Maharil

[2] M”A 551:44; Mizbeiach Adama; Machazik Bracha 551 Kuntrus Achron; Kaf Hachaim 551:218

[3] M”A 551:44; See Yad Efraim ibid

[4] The issue is not with eating the new fruit, but with the Shehechiyanu, and the Shehechiyanu was already said.

[5] See Shaareiy Teshuvah 551:38; Kaf Hachaim 551:214

[6] Birkeiy Yosef 551:12 in name of Kneses Hagedola 2:34; Implication of Rav Chaim Vital in Shaar Hakavanos

[7] Birkeiy Yosef ibid in name of Mahariy Tzemach in name of Rav Chaim Vital, brought in Shaareiy Teshuvah 551:38; See Avnei Nezer 428; See Kaf Hachaim ibid

[8] Birkeiy Yosef 551:8 and 13; Mahariy Tzemach in Naggid Umitzvah p. 70 and Peri Eitz Chaim 23:1 regarding sick; Shaareiy Teshuvah 551:38; M”B 551:99; Kaf Hachaim 551:211

[9] Opinion in Birkeiy Yosef ibid; M”B 551:99; See Shaareiy Tehsuvah andf Kaf Hachaim ibid

[10] Birkeiy Yosef ibid in name of Kneses Hagedola; Kaf Hachaim ibid

[11] Birkeiy Yosef 551:9; Zechor Leavraham 3:31; Kaf Hachaim 551:212

[12] Michaber 551:17; Beis Yosef 551

[13] Mamar Mordechai 551:16; Kaf Hachaim 551:216

[14] Siddur Yaavetz; Daas Torah 551; Piskeiy Teshuvos 551:54; Toras Hayoledes 48 footnote 15

[15] Siddur Yaavtez; Shaareiy Teshuvah 551:10; Piskeiy Teshuvos 551:54

[16] Sdei Chemed 2:3 in name of Yifei Laleiv; Kaf Hachaim 559:38

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