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There are various Halachic opinions on this subject. This article by Rabbi Doniel Neustadt (pg. 3-4) sums up the various opinions very nicely (see footnotes there for names): 1) It is doubtful whether ha-gomel may be recited, unless a potentially dangerous situation developed during the flight. 2) Ha-gomel is recited only when the airplane crossed ...


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Birkas Hagomel should ideally be recited within three days after becoming obligated to do so. However, if one waited longer than three days, one could still make the beracha for as long as one wishes (Shulchan Aruch O.C. 219:6). The Aruch Hashulchan (219:7) writes that if so long has past that one no longer remembers one may no longer recite the brocha, but ...


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In Halichos Mordechai, The Traveler's Companion, by Rabbi Eliezer Wanger, he says, quoting R' Avraham Chaim Na'ah (K'zot HaShulchan 65 and Badei HaShulchan 2): One does not say Birkas Gomeil if he traveled through a desert by train (footnote -- because on a train one is not worried about wild animals and bandits). However, in footnote 14 he says says: ...


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The basic rule is to say hagomel after crossing an ocean (on water) or a desert (on land) but not after other trips. http://www.mevaseret.org/mmy/searchshiurim.php?shiur=105 lists various rabbis' views regarding airplane travel. I haven't checked the sources it cites, but if it's to be trusted then Rabbi Sternbuch cites others as saying not to say it unless ...


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Speculation: It could be that the Sages weren't comfortable with innovating a beracha with unlimited scope, given the problems with unnecessarily invoking God's name. The Torah had [infinitely] more authority to create such an open-ended option, even for something as serious as a korban.


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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 ...


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The minhag that I have seen (today, in fact), and which is mentioned in the acharonim in O.C. 219 as well ("some people"), is that the husband makes the bracha at krias hatorah and says shegamalech (or shegamal l'ishti if she's not there). That way, the bracha is done with a kahal (and maybe even 2 rabbanim).


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The Artscroll Women's Siddur quotes opinions both ways (especially in the case of a married woman benching gomel after childbirth). It then concludes "the practice is for a woman not to bench gomel" -- this may be the case in some right-leaning communities, though I've heard many a critic feel Artscroll didn't do the subject justice. In many, many Jewish ...


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The Shulchan Aruch in 219:1 (based on Brachot 54b, which is based on Tehillim 107) lays out 4 categories of individuals who are required to make Birchat Ha'Gomel, one category is "יורדי ים" - literally: 'descender to the sea', colloquially: 'seafarers'. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 61:1 explains that this halacha includes "בשאר דרך שמוחזק שיש בו סכנה - ...


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Those who say that you say hagomel when flying over the ocean, mean that you cross an ocean. (That is actually the language used in your reference question) If you leave JFK but head to Florida, you aren't 'crossing the ocean' in the way that it is meant. However, if you fly to Mexico,(over the gulf of mexico) you would be. The question is, is the flight ...



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