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*According to the Magen Avraham, <ref>OC 219:1</ref> Birkat Hagomel, like the Korban Todah, is non obligatory but rather optional. The Peri Megadim <ref>OC 219:1</ref> argues that it is obligatory. Nevertheless, all poskim urge one to be careful to fulfill this mitzvah given the opportunity. <ref>Chasam Sofer O.C. 51, Minchas Yitzchok 4:11-9</ref>
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*According to the Magen Avraham<ref>OC 219:1</ref>, Birkat Hagomel, like the Korban Todah, is non obligatory but rather optional. The Peri Megadim<ref>OC 219:1</ref> argues that it is obligatory. Nevertheless, all poskim urge one to be careful to fulfill this mitzvah given the opportunity. <ref>Chasam Sofer O.C. 51, Minchas Yitzchok 4:11-9</ref>
  
 
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==Where==

Revision as of 21:36, 4 November 2009

In the times of the Beit Hamikdash, a person who survived a potentially life-threatening situation brought a Korban Todah, a Thanksgiving Offering, to express his gratitude to Hashem.[1] Nowadays, when the Beit Hamikdash no longer stands and offerings cannot be brought on the altar, we substitute a public proclamation of gratitude to Hashem for an offering. A survivor from a life endangering situation as defined by the Gemara recites Birkat Hagomel in gratitude.

Source

  • The Gemara Brachot 54b states: "One who has completed a sea voyage; one who has traveled through the desert; one who has been sick and healed; and one who was imprisoned and freed."

Bracha

Obligation

  • According to the Magen Avraham[2], Birkat Hagomel, like the Korban Todah, is non obligatory but rather optional. The Peri Megadim[3] argues that it is obligatory. Nevertheless, all poskim urge one to be careful to fulfill this mitzvah given the opportunity. [4]

Where

  • Given that Birkat Hagomel is a public expression of gratitude, it cannot be said in private.

When

Who

Notes

  1. Vayikra 7:12
  2. OC 219:1
  3. OC 219:1
  4. Chasam Sofer O.C. 51, Minchas Yitzchok 4:11-9