On those days on which we skip part of Hallel (i.e. Rosh Chodesh and the last six days of Pesach), why were the first pieces of Tehillim 115 and 116 (Lo Lanu and Ahavti) the pieces chosen to be skipped?


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Elyah Rabbah 422:12 quotes from Binyamin Ze'ev 361 who suggests that we skip these pieces specifically because the paragraphs of Lo Lanu and Hashem Zecharanu contain the same themes for the most part, and the paragraphs of Ahavti and Mah Ashiv contain some of the same themes.

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    I find it counterintuitive that we’d skip these paragraphs because their themes are repeated elsewhere yet repeat the end of 118 specifically because those themes are not repeated.
    – DonielF
    Sep 3, 2019 at 11:13

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