Benching Gomel

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  1. I bentshed gomeil because if there wasn’t a carbon monoxide alarm where i was staying, the friend i was staying by, another friend, and i would all never have woken up in the morning.

  2. MP says:

    Between the situations of (a) miracle for which one makes a place-based b’rachah; (b) event for which one makes an annual s’udas hoda’ah; and (c) event for which one bentches “Gomeil,” are we talking (in Vennian terms) about concentric circles or only intersecting circles? My first thoughts:
    — (a)’s circle is within (b)’s circle (and I’ve heard that the Chayei Adam thus recorded) but (b)’s circle may not be within (c)’s circle; however, re (a),
    — one notes all miracles when in the place of one miracle (OC 218:5), but does one note all events when making a s’udas hoda’ah; and, perhaps more significantly, one’s descendants make a b’rachah even though the event didn’t occur to them (OC 218:4), but do they make an annual s’udas hoda’ah? (If he/they doesn’t/don’t, perhaps he/they should!)

  3. micha says:

    Translating “(b)’s circle may not be within (c)’s circle” I get: It is possible that bot all events for which one makes an annu’al se’udah one must bentch gomel. Is it really a possibility?

    This blog entry was about something else — the fact that a qorban Torah and gomeil are obligatory not only because of the life-saving impact of the miracle, but also if the nature of the miracle echoes that of the Exodus. And from that, I tried to draw conclusions about the nature of their mitzvos. Because of this second possibility — a common natural event that mimics the Exodus (eg crossing the Atlantic by airplane) — there are many occasions for gomel which do not qualify for location or annual recognition. It’s simply about kind, not extraordinarity or size of impact.


  4. jack kalb says:

    please send me the acronym for chaim. I understand it has to do with benching
    Gomel. My son Chaim was nifter 3 months ago

  5. micha says:


    My condolences. I’m not going to discuss something like that on a blog. If you wish to email me, we can discuss what it’s like to lose a child privately, two members of that unfortunate club. I only hope your Chaim brought miracles to your life to thank the A-lmighty for, and you can remember more than the sadness of his loss.

    To answer your question, the mnemonic is:
    Cha – Cholim – sick people [who were cured]
    Y – Yordei haYam – those who went out to sea
    Yi – Yoshevei ma’asar – those who were imprisoned
    M – Midbar – [those who cross the] desert

    In this way, we fulfill the verse “vekhol haCHAYIM yodukha. Sela! — and all living things shall know You. Sela!”

    May the Omnipresent give you nechamah — at least in the sense of being resolved with your fate and ready to proceed with life’s other callings even if the notion of true nechamah yet seems unfathomable — among the other mourners of Tzion and Y-m.


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