- to say the blessing (called Gomel) said after someone survives a life-threatening situation; often recited pro forma after surviving childbirth or trans-oceanic travel
- "It was so moving when Jill benched gomel when little baby Chaya Rivka was named in shul on the Thursday morning after her birth."
- "David was called for an aliyah on Shabbat to bentsch gomel after arriving safely in Australia on his flight from New Zealand."
- "Jack benched gomel after getting into a car accident."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Yiddish בענטשן גומל bentshn goyml 'to say the gomel blessing' (the stem of the verb בענטשן is בענטש bentsh); גומל is from Hebrew - a word in the blessing with that name
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
For information and context about the gomel blessing (birkat hagomel, ברכת הגומל), see: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0007_0_07637.html
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