Monday, August 7, 2017

Saying Hagomel After Driving

Saying Hagomel After Driving
Day: Monday
Date: August 7, 2017
Parshat: Ekev
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 219

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All travel is considered to have some level of danger and therefore even when traveling by car a person can be required to say Hagomel. One who drove for 72 minutes or longer says Hagomel if a significant part of the drive passes through areas that don't have people living there. As with flying, a return trip made on the same day counts toward the 72 minutes. Therefore, a person who drove from Los Angeles to Palm Springs or San Diego or any other long drive that passes through unpopulated areas says Hagomel. One who drove from Los Angeles to Oxnard would not say Hagomel, since it is generally less than a 72 minute drive. However, if he went and came back on the same day, he does say Hagomel. The 72 minutes needs to be 72 minutes in normal traffic conditions. A person who got caught in a traffic jam and spent more than 72 minutes on a drive that would normally take only an hour does not say Hagomel.

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