Sunday, September 7, 2014

Birchat haGomeil: Sitting or Standing?


The one who is reciting the birchat hagomeil blessing for being saved from harm should stand; those who are listening should be seated.

(Rivivot Ephraim 1:156:2)

Have a great day,


  1. Good morning - is there another view that permits or even encourages standing on the part of the listener? Anecdotally, I seem to think that I see most people standing. Michael

  2. Michael-
    He wrote the piece to explicit the practice of those who specifically sit down, but I agree that most people do remain standing. Perhaps the reason to sit is in order to establish a fixed location for the berachah, making clear that this is a group - in which case, having everyone gathered around the bimah for the Torah reading may suffice. There is a similar discussion regarding reciting kiddush and havdalah for a group of people who are standing; come to think of it, I blogged it here.