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The widespread practice seems to say the beracha of HagGomel in the presence of a Sefer Torah. Is this a halacha or a minhag? What is the source for this practice?

Furthermore, what is the relationship between the beracha of HagGomel and a Sefer Torah?

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The widespread practice AFAICT is not merely to say it in the presence of a sefer Tora but to say it around the time of reading therefrom. – msh210 Apr 18 '12 at 19:05
@msh210 do we ever take out a sefer torah and not read from it? Perhaps Kol Nidre and Hakafot on Simchat Torah, but I doubt anyone ever attempted to do HagGomel on them. – Baal Shemot Tovot Apr 18 '12 at 19:09
Those two times, true, but more generally any time one needed to say hagomel he could, if the only issue were presence of a sefer, go up to the aron, open it, and say hagomel. – msh210 Apr 18 '12 at 19:11
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Orach Chaim 219:3 we make the Bracha of Hagomel in front of a Sefer Torah since there is 10 people there and it is proper to say the Bracha with a Minyan.

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Seems to me from here that there's no connection whatsoever between the beracha and Sefer Torah. Thank you. – Baal Shemot Tovot Apr 16 '12 at 14:56

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