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The blessing of thanksgiving recited upon emerging from various dangerous situations.

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Birkat Hagomel for Eurostar?

Does one say birkat hagomel after taking the Eurostar (eg from London to Paris)? I know we say it after: being freed from jail, being healed from sickness, travelling at sea, or travelling in the ...
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Birchas Ha'Gomel for ocean fishing

Someone went fishing in the ocean on a eight hour outing off the Jersey shore [they go out a few miles], and wanted to know if he needs to make a birchas hagomel like all those that travel at sea. See ...
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Does one who does two things which independently obligate him in Birchas HaGomel say one beracha or two?

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 ...
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When to bentsch gomel for a chronic illness?

Suppose one has a chronic, ongoing illness with occasional flare-ups requiring hospitalization or other emergency intervention. After the immediate crisis caused by the flare-up is over, should one ...
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Why say birchat gomel with a minyan?

Birchat ha gomel is said in place of bringing a toda korban. Why is the birchat gomel said with a minyan? Why do we want to with a minyan to say birchat hagomel? Did a toda require a minyan?
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Practical halacha on when to bentch gomel (not why) [duplicate]

What are the preferred or allowable to times to bentch gomel, assuming you have had an experience that warrants it. For example. which of the following is preferred or allowed: 1. After completing an ...
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Where is this Orchos Chaim and Ramban?

The Tur writes in OC Siman 219 ("sif 6" in the newer prints) that if one didn't make the bracha of hagomel at the proper time, then they are still able to make the bracha whenever they'd like. The ...
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Can you say the Birkas Hagomel on Shabbos or Pesach?

We do not say “Mizmor LeSodoh” on those days when a Korban Todah could not be brought. So we do not say it on Shabbos or Yom Tov because you could not bring individual offerings on those days and we ...
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What level of danger is required for HaGomel?

The Gemara says that four have to say Hagomel: One who went overseas One who went into a desert. One who was [deathly] ill. One who was in prison [on a capital crime]. To what level of danger must ...
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Saying hagomel on behalf of small kids

In the case when a small kid was in danger and saved, is it possible for a parent to recite hagomel on behalf of him? The question is twofold: If the child is too young to recite the blessing, can ...
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Do women bentch gomel less often?

Often in my shul a man who traveled from Israel or Asia to the US will bentch gomel. I have never once seen a women bentch gomel for anything other than giving birth. I'm not sure if this is just my ...
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Bracha on AVOIDING disaster

I know you bentch Gomel when you are involved in a dangerous instance- e.g. overseas travel, illness, etc. However, is there a similar-yet-different bracha that you make for avoiding a disaster? Here'...
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Why don't I hear HaGomel in shul more often?

Granted, I am not always at shul, and I don't know if I could even recognize HaGomel if it were being said. (The women's section of truly frum shuls often has no clue what is going on in the main ...
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Is a prophylactic procedure sufficient cause to necessitate “bensching gomel”

The Gem Brochos 54b says ארבעה צריכין להודות:יורדי הים, הולכי מדברות ומי שהיה חולה ונתרפא ומי שהיה חבוש בבית האסורים Four types of people have to give thanks … sick people who were healed Medical ...
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How far does one have to go into the ocean to say HaGomel?

When one goes "into" the sea, one is obligated to say HaGomel (see Berachos 54). How far does one have to go to be considered "in" the sea? If one goes swimming on the beach, does one say HaGomel? ...
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Should you say “Bircat HaGomel” after receiving outpatient test results?

I know that someone who has recovered from a serious illness or returned from a long hospital stay recites Bircat Hagomel. Should you or would it be appropriate to recite the bracha after receiving ...
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Bentching gomel - time limit?

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 ...
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Can you say Bircat Hagomel after certain “dangerous sports”

Every sport has some type of danger involved with it. But, I am referring to certain sports that are, perhaps, "inherently dangerous" or what some might call "adventure" or "thrill" sports. Examples: ...
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Can someone say Bircat Hagomel after an outpatient procedure?

I am aware that someone would say Bircat Hagomel after recovering from surgery or another major illness. Can someone say the bracha after outpatient procedures such as a colonoscopy, where they have ...
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Is the celebration of salvation affected by the deaths of those who were not saved?

There is a obligation to thank G-d when one is saved from a life-threatening situation. Some have a custom to publicly celebrate, often with a festive meal. Some even make it a yearly occurrence. ...
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Bentching Ha-Gommel after a Birth

After a woman gives birth many have the custom of reciting the blessing of "ha-gommel" (a blessing of Thanks.) Until how long after a birth may this blessing by recited? (i.e. can it be said even a ...
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Why don't we say Hagomel after driving through a desert?

The Gemara says that four have to say Hagomel: One who went overseas One who went into a desert. One who was [deathly] ill. One who was in prison [on a capital crime]. Everyone (to the best of my ...
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“HagGomel” and Sefer Torah

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 ...
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What does one do when one needs to bentch gomel?

One who has recovered from a serious illness or accident is supposed to bentch gomel during the torah service. What do you need to know to do this? Specifically: When is the right time -- the first ...
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Why doesn't one say Hagomel when flying within the USA?

According to those opinions that only one who flies over an ocean has to say hagomel, why does one not say hagomel when flying within the USA (where one often takes off over an ocean)?
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Should you say HaGomel after a flight?

Should someone say the HaGomel blessing after taking an airplane flight? I seem to remember this being the practice, but honestly the average commercial airplane flight these days is 10 times safer ...
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causeless hagomel

Rambam, Maase Hakorbanos 9:5, indicates that a toda is just another kind of sh'lamim. In perek 14 he mentions that a sh'lamim needs no special circumstances, as opposed to a chatas which can only be ...
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birkas hagomel: based on the toda?

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 ...
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Miracle Blessing - Birchas HaGomel

When a miracle occurs to someone he makes a Bracha, HaGomel after Kriyas HaTorah. What does a lady do if a miracle occured to her? Does she say the Bracha or does she not? If she does then when does ...