Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Pesach Feinhandler - Is Surviving a Fatal Car Crash A Nes?

Four men set out in a car and the car was in an accident that killed two of the passengers. The other two survived and were obligated to Bentch Gomel. What about the Bracha that one says when he passes a place where a Nes happened to him, must they say the bracha in this case? This question was brought to Rav Pesach Feinhandler zt"l (Avnei Yashfei 1:46).

There are two opinions in Shulchan Aruch (OC 218:9). One holds that only for super natural salvations must one make the bracha. The other holds that if someone is saved in a way that does occur as a matter of course he does not make the bracha. The Biur Halacha paskens that if he was saved from death in a natural way he make the bracha without Hashem's name (Shem U'Malchus). Rav Feinhandler says that since in an auto accident there are many factors that can explain why one person died and another did not, the salvation is considered natural and the bracha is said without Shem U'Malchus unless it is clear that the person should have died from this accident.

However, Rav Feinhandler says that Rav Vosner paskened that if other people were killed in the accident the bracha should be said with Shem U'Malchus no matter what. And as was always the case with Rav Feinhandler, despite drawing his own conclusion he submitted to the psak of Rav Vosner and Rav Mordche Gross and paskened L"Maaseh that the bracha should be said with Shem U'Malchus.

May Rav Feinhandler be a Meilitz Yosher for all of Klal Yisroel. Yehi Zichro Boruch!

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