We recite birchat hagomel after 1. traveling over the ocean; 2. traveling over the desert; 3. recovering from a serious illness; and 4. being released from prison. (Whether other cases of salvation are also included is debated.) Is there a time limit on when to bentsh gomel (recite birchat hagomel)? Please cite sources.

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Preferably HaGomel should be said within 3 days. If it can’t be done within 3 days it should be said within 30 days, and if it can’t be said in 30 says it should be said whenever one wants. [S”A 219:6, Mishna Brurah 219:20, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 61:2]


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