There are a number of posts here on Mi Yodeya discussing whether to say Hallel (or Half Hallel) on Yom Ha'atzma'ut and/or Yom Yerushalayim and whether or not to include the brachot at the start and end of Hallel. For example: Reciting Hallel on Yom Yerushalayim and Answering amen to Hallel on Yom Haatzma'ut among several others.

A further question which intrigues me and to which I have not been able to find an answer or explanation is:

if one is not saying the brachot, why say "half Hallel without including the brachot" rather than "full Hallel without including the brachot"?

Can anyone suggest an answer or explanation? The custom of saying half Hallel without including the brachot on Yom Ha'atzma'ut and/or Yom Yerushalayim appears to be quite common.

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  • Thank you for the link which is certainly interesting. However, I don’t see it as pointing towards an answer.
    – Edward B
    May 8 at 10:40
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    See judaism.stackexchange.com/a/92811/759 The premise that we need "reasons" to downgrade Hallel is backwards. It's either real Hallel or fake Hallel. If you think YY needs (or may need) "real" Hallel, say full hallel. If you think it doesn't but want to sing some nice songs, say half hallel
    – Double AA
    May 8 at 12:13
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    koltorah.org/halachah/… "The Gemara (Shabbat 118b) condemns those who recite Hallel every day. Hallel is reserved for special occasions. The Gemara describes one who does not reserve Hallel for such occasions as a blasphemer. "
    – Joel K
    May 8 at 12:32
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    @EdwardB see אין אומרים הלל. צריך עיון קצת האומרי' תילים בכל יום ומתרמי להם הלל ביום ראש השנה היאך אומרים אותו ונ"ל כיון שא"א אותו דרך שירה רק דרך תחנה ובקש' שרי דהא מנהג פשוט לגמור בליל יה"כ כל תהלים ואומרי' ג"כ הלל וגם י"א תהילי' כל יום ויום והלל בכלל ואמרי' הקורא הלל בכל יום ה"ז מחרף ומגדף אלא ע"כ כדפרישית: sefaria.org/Magen_Avraham.584.1
    – אילפא
    May 8 at 13:14

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Taking into account the learned comments received, I consider that the best answer/explanation that I have been able to find is contained in the passage below from Celebrating Yom Ha’atzma’ut and Yom Yerushalayim by Rav David Brodsky which can be found here: https://etzion.org.il/en/holidays/yom-yerushalayim/celebrating-yom-ha-atzmaut-and-yom-yerushalayim

“Interestingly, R. Soloveitchik (Nefesh Ha-Rav, p. 97), whose recognition of the significance of the events of 1948 and 1967 is well-documented (see Kol Dodi Dofek, for example), objected to reciting Hallel, as he objected to any other change of the liturgy. He sanctioned, however, reciting half-Hallel, without a blessing, at the end of Shacharit, as this does not constitute a major change in the liturgy.”

  • The category "major change" here seems pretty arbitrary/ill-defined.
    – Double AA
    May 9 at 2:08

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