We had an interesting question arise in our Shul this past Yom Yerushalayim. Our shul has a minhag of saying Hallel without a brocho in Shacharis. At one of the minyanim, the chazzan said a brocho at the beginning of Hallel ("likro es ha'hallel"), out of habit. The question is, does the fact that he said a brocho at the beginning of hallel necessitate the recitation of the final brocho ("melech me'hulal ba'tishbachos") at the end? I don't have any reason to assume either way—I'm not even sure that the two brochos are related—but I'm still curious. Note: the fact that some hold a brocho should be said on Hallel on Yom Yerushalayim should be excluded from this analysis.

  • Are you specifically interested in cases where there are different opinions regarding whether the blessings should be recited to begin with? – Fred May 20 '13 at 19:08
  • ...or is your question also in a case where no one would say to make either bracha ab initio? – Double AA May 20 '13 at 19:08
  • @Fred - I'd much rather ignore the latent question as to whether the brocho is required for that Hallel, and focus just on the question of once the brocho was said, whether a closing brocho is needed. – eykanal May 20 '13 at 19:16
  • @DoubleAA - Like you said, I'd rather ignore the current context and understand the general situation. I don't want to get sidetracked in a discussion on whether a brocho should be said for Hallel in X or Y scenario. – eykanal May 20 '13 at 19:17

In Mishna Maseches Sukkah 3:11 it says that the after Beracha of Hallel is not obligatory like the first Beracha -so it's obvious that one would not say the after Beracha in the case of the question.

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