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Unformatted text preview: σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ σ . THE HALLEL The Hallel is a paean of praise to the Almighty and is called in Rabbinical literature "The
'Praise' of Egypt" It consists of six Psalms, numbers 113-118 with some additions and with some
doubling of expressions
Hallel is recited on the three statutory festivals of Pesach, Shavuoth and Succoth and on
Shemini Atzereth (this together with Simchat Torah is a festival in its own right and occurs at the end
of the Succoth festival). It is also recited on Chanukah but not on Purim. It is recited in a shortened
form on Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of each month. On the festivals, it is a song of thanks and praise
for and to God for bringing us out of Egypt and for bringing us into the’ Land which he promised our
forefathers to give us’
On Chanukah, the Rabbis decreed that we should sing the Hallel as a thanksgiving for getting
rid of the Hellenists in our midst and the defeat of the armies of Antiochus Epiphanies leader of the
Greeks, and for the resultant rededication and cleansing of the Temple. (Shab. 21b) It is not sung on
Purim, because Purim happened in a land far away from Eretz Yisrael and resulted in bloodshed...
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