A New Interpretation
Birkat HaGomeil both responds to and creates a moment of conscious interaction between people and God. What situations and realities does the berakhah stem from and respond to? How does the text express a sense both of being obligated and of being loved? What are the roles of the three main “characters”—God, community, and the person reciting the blessing—and what are their assumed interactions in the time leading up to and during the berakhah? Recorded live at the Rabbis' Yeshiva Intensive 2015.