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Is birkas hagomel based on the korban toda? B'rachos 54:2 seems to derive it from p'sukim without reference to the toda; Rambam puts one in Maase Hakorbanos and the other in B'rachos without any mention in either place of the other rite. Yet I seem to recall that there's a connection between them: does anyone know whether there is one and what it is?

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In the times of the Beis HaMikdash, a person who survived a potentially life-threatening situation brought a Korban Todah, to express his gratitude to Hashem. (Vayikra 7:12 Rashi and Rashbam)

Nowadays, when we no longer have the Beis HaMikdash and Korbonos cannot be brought on the altar, we substitute Birchas HaGomel a public proclamation of gratitude to Hashem for an offering. (Rosh, Berachos 9:3, Chasam Sofer Orach Chaim 51 and Avnei Nezer Orach Chaim 39)

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