Why do we not say Hallel on Purim?
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The Gemara (Megilla 14a) gives three answers (punctuation and numbering added):
there seems to be a fundamental machlokes in how to understand what the gemara means when it says " reading the megilla is like saying hallel". the meiri understands it fulfills it, so if one is in a place with no megilla, they then should say hallel. however the Rambam ( megilla- chanuka perek 3 ) says " hallel wasnt instituted on purim because of megilla " . which sounds like it was never instituted at all . some explain that hallel can only be said on an obvious miracle. one cannot say hallel on the hidden discreet nature of the purim miracle , rather reads the megilla and gleans the true story, which in itself fulfills hallel. but if no megilla , no hallel. chacham ovadia yosef rules that if no megilla , one should say hallel without a beracha .