bench gomel

Pronunciations

bench gomel (bench GOE-mehl) listen

Definitions

  • v. 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
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      bentsh gomel

Notes

  • For information and context about the gomel blessing (birkat hagomel, ברכת הגומל), see: (source)

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