Hallel, six psalms (113-118) that thank and praise God, is recited on Pessah, Shavuot, Sukkot, Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh.

-But not on Purim, because the miracle did not happen in the Land of Israel, and in the end the Jews were stills the subjects of a foreign ruler. (Unlike the case of Hanukkah.)

-But only partially on the last six days of Pessah. The Talmud (Megillah 10b*, Sanhedrin 39b**) says that when the Egyptians drowned in the Sea of Reeds, God prevented the angels from singing songs of praise because “His handiwork was drowning in the sea.” The Taz (Orach Chaim 490:3), Chavot Yair (225) and Or HaChaim (on Exodus 13:17) conclude from that that a full Hallel cannot be said on the last 6 days of Pessah.

Why, in both cases? Isn't not reciting a full Hallel equivalent to telling God: "You could have done better, so we are toning down thanks and praise"? Is this the proper attitude?

  • Note "Half Hallel" is just a nice song for special days that don't have real Hallel (aka Full Hallel). It's not really a distinct category of Hallel in the same way Full Hallel is.
    – Double AA
    Mar 21 '19 at 22:23
  • Because Jewish was not less idolaters than Egyptians. And Hallel is not only "thanks". This is to say the goodness and greatness of g.d. When you see a lack of Justice, even when it's good for you, you don't see the greatness of g.d but a good chance
    – kouty
    Mar 22 '19 at 0:19
  • Sounds to me like this is a classic glass half empty/glass half full. We're conceding that we can't do a complete Hallel, but we'll still thank Hashem for the half glass that is full. Mar 22 '19 at 0:22
  • @Salmononius2 -- But shouldn't we thank God the same way no matter how much "good" we get? Where does it say that the thanks must be carefully calibrated to the results seen? Mar 22 '19 at 0:49
  • Re Purim: This is Rava's opinion, and this is the one paskened by the Mishnah Berurah (693:7). The Rambam paskens like Rav Nachman that the Megillah takes the place of Hallel (Hil. Chanukah 3:6).
    – DonielF
    Mar 22 '19 at 1:44

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