Friday, August 4, 2017

Saying Hagomel After Giving Birth

Saying Hagomel After Giving Birth
Day: Friday
Date: August 4, 2017
Parshat: Vaethanan
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 219

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Women are required to say Hagomel after giving birth. If for some reason a woman doesn't want to, her husband cannot say the beracha in her place unless he anyways has to say it for another reason. In that case, if they both intend to fufill her obligation with his recitation, she is considered to have said it and does not need to say it on her own. The beracha needs to be said in the presence of a minyan. For that reason it is commonly said in the shul during the reading of the Torah, since there is already a minyan present. Ideally there should be ten men in addition to the one saying it. However, if there are only nine plus the one saying it he has what to rely on. One who went ahead and said it without a minyan present says it again without Hashem's name in the presence of a minyan.

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