Shehechiyanu Blessing on Major Purchase

I just bought a used car. Is there any sort of blessing or prayer I say for it?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

Yes! There is a special blessing of thanks we recite on making any major purchase, thanking God for allowing us to reach another happy occasion.

If you are the only beneficiary of the car, then the appropriate blessing is as follows:

Baruch attah Ado-nai Elo-hainu melech ha’olam she’hechiyanu v’kiymanu v’higiyanu la’z’man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this time.

If both you and others will benefit from it – such as if it is a family car, then the blessing is a different one:

Baruch attah Ado-nai Elo-hainu melech ha’olam hatov v’ha’maitiv.

Blessed are You, Hashem our God, King of the universe, who is good and who does good [to others].

What types of items do we recite this blessing for? The item must be significant and it must bring joy to the purchaser. What sort of item brings joy will to some extent depend on the financial status of each person, but generally speaking the blessing should be recited on the purchase of any major household item and appliance, as well as important items of clothing (other than shoes). A car, even a used one, most definitely rates. Enjoy!

(Sources: Talmud Brachot 9b, Shulchan Aruch O.C. 222:1, 223:6, Mishna Berurah 13,24, V’Zot HaBracha p. 166).

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