One says Birchas HaGomel on surviving a dangerous situation, particularly one who survives prison, a dangerous illness, a trip over the ocean, or a trip through the desert (SA OC 219; see §9-10 there regarding if this list is exhaustive).

What if one survives multiple of these situations before having a chance to say HaGomel?

I see two possible types of situations in which this could apply: when they overlap (ex. one who becomes terminally ill in prison, or one who is terminally ill and goes overseas for treatment), or when they are in immediate succession without a chance to say the beracha in between (ex. one who becomes terminally ill immediately upon completing his trip/imprisonment).

Does one say HaGomel once or twice in these kinds of situations?

On the one hand, each one is a miracle in and of itself, and so even if they overlap, one should say on each one. On the other hand, maybe it’s counted as one miracle (one act of saving) if they happen at once, and therefore require one beracha, but if they happen sequentially, it’s two miracles and would require two berachos. On the third hand, maybe one beracha can satisfy both, similar to how making a beracha on one food can satisfy all foods requiring that beracha.

  • @DannyF Similar to other berachos, like Shehechiyanu. Interesting! I think it’s different enough from mine that I don’t want to edit it in, but feel free to post it as a new question.
    – DonielF
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 14:33

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Mishnah Berurah 219:3:

כתבו האחרונים דמי שנתחייב ארבעתן אינו מברך כ"א ברכה אחת לכולן.‏

The Acharonim wrote that one who is obligated in [all] four of them [i.e. circumstances that require hagomel] only makes one blessing to cover them all.

  • Does this also apply to two instances of the same reason (i.e. one gets released from one prison then immediately imprisoned in another)? Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 11:34
  • I assume it would also apply as a כל שכן but Mishnah Berurah does not seem to address this case specifically.
    – Joel K
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 11:39
  • Does he distinguish between the two examples I bring, whether they’re at the same time or not?
    – DonielF
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 14:34
  • @DonielF He doesn't seem to distinguish
    – Joel K
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 14:40

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