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Unformatted text preview: outside of the Holy Land. (Arachim 10b) Purim had nothing to do with the Sanctity of ‘The Land’
although everything to do with the saving of the lives of the Jews then living in Exile.
By extension to the festivals, it became the custom to recite it on Rosh Chodesh, (Ta’anith. 28b)
the first day of the month, which was celebrated by extra services in the Temple but was otherwise, an
ordinary work day. The Hallel on Rosh Chodesh is recited in the shortened form.
But here is a strange thing. The Hallel is said on the festival, which commemorates the
Exodus and the Jewish people gaining their freedom and people-hood, and on Shavuot, the revelation
at Mt Sinai and on all the days of Succoth when we commemorate our sojourn in the desert. But the
very festival on which we acquired our freedom and on which we commemorate leaving Egypt and
slavery, we do say the Hallel in its entirety but only on the first day (the first two days outside the
Land of Israel). For the rest of Pesach, we say only the truncated abbreviated form. Why is this? There
is a famous Midrash ( Sanh. 39b) which .explains this with the humanity which is the hallmark of the
Jewish people. Imagine the Children of Isra...
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