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Blessings Miscellaneous

Blessings Miscellaneous

Thunder, fragrances, travelers & more


Besides the basic daily blessings—e.g., for eating or drinking, and those that are part of the prayers—there are a variety of other blessings recited on different occasions. This is characteristic of the Jewish habit to recognize G‑d’s hand in everything one experiences, and to humbly articulate this recognition.

The following are some of the more common blessings (all start with “Blessed are You, L‑rd our G‑d, King of the universe . . .”).

After exiting the restroom and washing your hands, thank G‑d for normal bodily function, for “forming man in wisdom . . .” For the complete blessing, click here.

It is a Jewish characteristic to recognize G‑d’s hand in everything, and to humbly articulate this recognitionBefore enjoying a delightful fragrance: . . . Who creates various kinds of spices.

When donning a new valuable garment, or partaking of a seasonal fruit for the first time: . . . Who has granted us life, sustained us and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Upon seeing a shooting star, comet, earthquake, volcano, tornado, hurricane, lightning bolt (once per storm), ocean or majestic mountain (for the first time in thirty days): . . . Who re-enacts the work of creation.

Upon hearing thunder (once per storm): . . . Whose power and might fill the world.

Upon seeing a rainbow: . . . Who remembers the covenant [to Noah], and is faithful to His covenant and keeps His promise.

After surviving a life-threatening situation (e.g., a serious illness or auto accident), or a journey overseas, recite the Hagomel blessing in the presence of ten men (if possible, after receiving an aliyah): . . . Who bestows goodness upon the culpable, for He has bestowed goodness upon me. (The congregation responds: May He who has bestowed goodness upon you always bestow every goodness upon you.)

When embarking upon a journey a distance of more than 72 minutes outside city limits, recite the Traveler’s Prayer. For the text of this brief prayer, click here.

Note: The above are the bare basics only. Consult your rabbi (or the Abridged Code of Jewish Law) for the rest of the rules regulating these blessings—the whens and hows, etc.

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Anonymous March 21, 2017

To Susan Levitsky First of all Susan, I'm sorry to see that you never received a response here, I trust that you found one elsewhere in the meantime. (I'll reply anyway, in case this is useful to someone else.)

The best solution is to tell the rabbi or gabbai before the service that you would like to say the Birkat HaGomel. If you cannot tell them directly, you can send someone to tell them for you.

Jewish women are required to say the HaGomel blessing. Preferably, they should stand in the women's section and say it aloud, while there is a minyan standing on the other side of the mechitza listening and responding.

However, if she cannot do this, Rabbi Feinstein says in Igros Moshe 8:14 that it is sufficient for her to say it in the presence of one man or woman, and that if she is married it should preferably be in front of her husband.

The mechitza is not there to exclude you, it is there because men's obligations and women's obligations are different. Not better or worse, just different. Reply

Susan Levitsky June 23, 2011

woman recovering from an illness You say to recite the blessing in the presence of a minyan and after an aliyah. How can a woman do this when we are prevented by man made rules to be called for an aliyah. I have often felt left out and ready to cry when I hear men go up and ask for blessings for various different relatives. We as women are prevented from doing that. Not every woman has a male relative to go up for her. Not every woman wants a man to go up on her behalf. So those who don't, are prevented from making what seem like important blessings. Reply

Jack Midland Park June 22, 2011

Blessings Misc. My dear mother grew up in Eastern Galicia.
She was taught that when one sees a shooting star, it means that someone is dying. Speaking in yiddish, she would say, "Not my mother, not my father, not my grandmother, not my grandfather, not my sisters, not my brothers, etc"
Is that a reverse form of blessing ? Reply

Chani Benjaminson June 22, 2011

Blessings You can find the transliteration, translation and Hebrew text for all of the food blessings at the blessing wizard Reply

Shani New York, NY June 21, 2011

Transliterated blessing on the internet Hi Anomymous,
I just googled your question and wiki has several blessings transliterated to learn that way. Enjoy. Reply

Anonymous Los Angeles, California June 21, 2011

where can I find the above blessings Where can I find the words to the above blessings? Is there a source of transliterated Hebrew for them online?
Thanks you Reply

Shani New York, NY June 21, 2011

Brachas Thank You for the refresher on blessings and something to share w friends just learning. I posted this on my FB for such reason. But I would love to learn how to give blessings to family, friends, and others in day to day life. I have friends who are very good at this. My dear husband who is very new to this is amazingly good at blessing people, but we are wondering what frum or "frum trying" say.
We know the Mazel, Bracha & Hatzlocha! What else? Thank you and much happiness and success in your works. (see, need help) lol
Shani Reply