I heard recently from a Rav that one reason brought not to say hallel on Yom Ha’atzma’ut is that even though (the reason-giver believes) there was a miracle on Yom Ha’atzma’ut, we don’t say hallel because the miracle was “hidden”. Unfortunately the Rav didn’t give a source for this reason. Does anyone know what the source is for this reason?

  • Strange reason, saying halel because of a miracle. I mean, the spies' tongues' growing was a miracle, but we don't say halel that day.
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 14:51
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/105326/…
    – Alex
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 14:59
  • @msh210 he probably meant that it was a good miracle. Or a miracle that drastically changed the Jews’ lives (like Yetzias Mitzraim)
    – Lo ani
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 15:06
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    @msh210 Arachin 10b gives the miracle as the reason for saying Hallel on Chanukah, and wonders why the miracle of Purim is not a reason to say Hallel
    – Joel K
    Commented Jul 4, 2019 at 16:03

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Abudarham (here, left column) quotes such reasoning in the name of R. Asher of Lunel, but the nuance of his reasoning is not so much that the miracle is “hidden”, rather it’s when the miracle is ostensibly natural/ordinary one does not consider it a miracle (vis-a-vis the blessing “... a miracle was done for me...” and, by extension, Hallel). (Cf. R. Ovadiah Yosef, Yabia Omer VI O.C. 41)

  • How does that relate to Al Hanisim on Purim?
    – Heshy
    Commented Jul 7, 2019 at 12:24

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