A person who receives shlishi in Monday/Thursday and has to bentch Ha-Gomel may he do so before the Kaddish that is recited after Krias HaTorah or better wait until until after the Kaddish and recite it then before hagba?

Answer:

Poskim have written extensively on this question. Some write that one should only recite the ha-gomel blessing after kaddish, and it is worthy practice to do so. However, according to the strict halachah there is no requirement to wait, and one who recites the ha-gomel blessing before kaddish should not be told off.

Sources:

See Nesivei Halachah (2, 219, 6), who proves from the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (69:5) that one should not interrupt before kaddish (the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch addresses the question of reciting the berachah on wearing a tallis before the kaddish after pesukei de-zimra).

However, other authorities do not agree with this ruling of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch (see Darchei Moshe 54:1), and rule that even if the berachah on the tallis is recited before kaddish, one does not need to say extra pesukim, and the berachah does not constitute a hefsek. The same can be suggested concerning the blessing of ha-gomel.

Even if we assume the ruling of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, a similar result to the above can emerge from the rulings of the Magen Avraham (292:2) and the Mishnah Berurah (292:4), whereby there is room to suggest that birkas ha-gomel, which is customarily recited in the context of being called up, does not constitute a hefsek.

Therefore, although it is better to wait until after kaddish, it seems that there is no need to stop somebody who makes the berachah before kaddish.

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