bench gomel

Alternative Spellings

bentsh gomel

Definitions

  • 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

Example Sentences

  • "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

Etymology

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)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

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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