Yes we did! We voted rationally, for Barack Obama, in record numbers, for all the right reasons.
When Jews do something for the first time, whether it’s eating a fruit for the first time in its season, saying the kiddush at the beginning of a holy day, or celebrating a milestone life-cycle event or holiday, we say a Sheheheyanu.
So regardless of your relationship to traditional practice, whether or not you pray with any regularity, doesn’t it seem right to say a Sheheheyanu for this extraordinarily special moment?
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 are you, O Lord, King of the University, who has kept us alive, sustained us and brought us to this great period of history.” (Translation by the Magnes Zionist)
Bless all that has sustained us and brought us to this time.
And bless all who have helped to bring us to this moment in time.