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It sounds like your minyan is misapplying the opinion of the Rambam. There are 4 opinions regarding reciting "Half Hallel". (Half Hallel is said on Rosh Chodesh (except Tishrei and Tevet) and the last 6 days of Pesach.) The disagreement is about Half Hallel; all agree to recite Whole Hallel with a bracha even with no minyan. Rambam: No Half Hallel is ...


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In general, If there is a halachic doubt as to whether to say a bracha it is better to answer Amen to someone else's bracha then to say it yourself. This way you avoid the possibility of making a bracha levatala. This is done Shavuos morning: someone who slept will be motzi those who stayed awake with birchos hatorah, elokai netzor and ha'maavir shaina. ...


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Rambam Hilchos Chanuka 3:5: ולמה מברכין על יום טוב שני, והם לא תיקנוהו אלא מפני הספק--כדי שלא יזלזלו בו. Why do we make a blessing on the second day of Yom Tov, as it was only established as a safek? In order that people do not come to disrespect the day If Yom Tov sheni was dealt with differently, in ways that treat it on a lower level due to ...


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The sefer חנוכת התורה here answers that this difference can be explained according to the halachah that it is permissible to benefit from broken pieces of an idol, but if one finds a hand or a foot by itself it is forbidden, because such things are worshipped by themselves. Thus with all the other parts of the body such as eyes and ears it says "they have" ...


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Per Shaalos U'teshuvos Maharsham 1:1 - paragraph 3 Tosefta Menachos Perek 6 - says that Tefila and Hallel are Meakev each other, that one is not Yotzei Tefila until you say Hallel. However at the end of the paragraph he says that based on the Perisha 122 the main prohibition of interruption is only on the Shaliach Tzibur. It seems to me that based on this ...


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The whole statement in the Talmud in context, Maseches Shabbos 118b, is: א"ר יוסי יהא חלקי מגומרי הלל בכל יום איני והאמר מר הקורא הלל בכל יום הרי זה מחרף ומגדף כי קאמרינן בפסוקי דזמרא Rabbi Yosi says "Let my portion be among those who complete Hallel every single day." This can't be, doesn't Master say "One who reads Hallel every day - this is a ...


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Added to expand the point originally made by @Yishai Note the discussion in Maseches Eruchin 10b of Hallel on Rosh Chodesh (leaving out part of the Tehillim that make up the full Hallel) also brings up this issue. The Talmud (Ta'anit 28b) records that Rav was visiting Bavel and he saw the people reciting Hallel on Rosh Chodesh. Rav wanted to stop the ...


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Why do we not say Hallel on Purim? It says in Megilla 14a that one of the reasons why Purim you do not say hallel is. "The miracle had no connection to the land of Israel, unlike the other holidays." (Look at the Gemorah or the link for more reasons why you do not say hallel on Purim which can connect to this question.)



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