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Where are we commanded to read the hallel?

The mainstream approach (as stated forcefully by Rambam his Sefer HaMitzvot as well as in his Mishneh Torah) is that Hallel is a rabbinic commandment. As such there is no mention of it in the Torah (...
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What is the source for not saying Hallel because it is a "hidden miracle"?

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 ...
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Waving the lulav during all first four verses of Psalm 118

It happens to be that I personally have never observed the custom you are describing. Nevertheless, I was able to find a source. The Beit Yosef (OC 651) cites that this practice was defended by Tosfot ...
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Tefillin removal on chol hamoed - first day vs the other days

For those who wear tefillin on Chol Hamo'ed Sukkot, the general practice is to remove tefillin before Hallel. On Chol Hamo'ed Pesach the practice is also to remove tefillin before Hallel. (see Mishnah ...
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Are women obligated to recite hallel on certain holidays

Beur Halachah 422:2: ומבואר עוד בש"ס סוכה ל"ח ובפוסקים דנשים פטורות מהלל ומשום דהיא מצוה שהזמן גרמא [חוץ מהלל דלילי פסחים דחייבות משום שאף הן היו באתו הנס כ"כ תוס' שם] It is clear from ...
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Can / should one praying alone recite Hallel after Arvit on the first night of Pesach?

R. H. Schachter rules, in a responsum found here, that this Hallel is only to be recited in a synagogue setting, as a way of publicizing the miracle of the Exodus. As such, even if ten men pray ...
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Saying Hallel in Shul on Pesach Night

The source is Shulchan Oruch Orach Chayim 487 (4) בליל ראשון של פסח גומרים את ההלל בצבור בנעימה בברכה תחלה וסוף ובן בליל שני של שני ימים טובים של גליות On the first night of Pesach, we ...
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Hallel on a non rosh chodesh day

You're probably thinking of the story of Rav's visit to Bavel, recorded on Taanit 28b, but you got the Rosh Chodesh part of it confused. While most people nowadays are used to thinking of Rosh ...
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Why don't we say Hallel on Rosh Hashanah?

In the words of Rambam (Hilkhot Megillah 3:6), we do not recite Hallel on Rosh HaShana (or on Yom Kippur) since they are times of repentance, fear, and terror; not times for excessive joy. אבל ראש ...
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Are women obligated to recite hallel on certain holidays

Chanukah is a point of contention. A few Acharonim dispute the general consensus that they don't say Hallel as they were also included in the miracle. (See similarly about Pesach, Pesachim 38a, ...
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Is a yachid the congregation or the chazzan?

My Rov sent out a explanation for the davening on Hoshana Rabba as well as Simchas Torah which included what to do in the various sections of davening when not in a minyan. One who is davening alone ...
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Why do we specifically skip Lo Lanu and Ahavti?

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, ...
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Fourth cup after starting Nirtzah

I've seen some haggados that do this, including the famous Maxwell House haggadah. I don't have a source, but the way I understand it is that they're making some of the piyutim a part of the ...
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Why whole Hallel on Chanukah?

Aruch Hashulchan 683: Chanukah is similar to Succas. Each day‘s sacrifices varied on Succas; each day’s candles are different one to the next. In that respect Hallel is also completed on Chanukah ...
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Why don't we raise the fourth kos during Hallel?

There are differing customs regarding raising the cup during Hallel. The Beis Yosef (end of 422) seems to take it as a given that the cup is raised. The sefer Seder Haaruch suggests that the reason ...
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How does the blessing that concludes Hallel start?

In the Sefer Abudarham, the nusach is " יהללוך ה' אלקיך כל מעשיך" following the verse in Tehilim 145, 10: יוֹד֣וּךָ יְ֭הֹוָה כׇּל־מַעֲשֶׂ֑יךָ וַ֝חֲסִידֶ֗יךָ יְבָרְכֽוּכָה׃ Bartenura mishnayot ...
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Why is hallel at the seder different from hallel during the year?

Answer to Q1 from here: A. Some contend that, despite inferences to the contrary, Hallel on Seder night is not a mitzvah but only expresses our rejoicing (Shu’t Ri MiGash #44). B. ...
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Reciting Hallel on Yom Yerushalayim

While this is far from a "mainstream" concept, as far as I know, a number of yeshivot and Orthodox shuls in my mainly Orthodox neighborhood follow exactly this custom. (Do you live in NYC area, BTW?) ...
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Aruch HaShulchan on not saying certain phrases in hallel when davening alone

דבר פשוט הוא שכשאומר הלל ביחיד לא יאמר בהודו אחר יאמר נא ישראל ויאמרו נא בית אהרן ויאמרו נא יראי ד' הודו לד' כי טוב דזה אינו אלא בציבור או לפחות כשהם שלושה דאחד אומר יאמר נא והשנים משיבים ולא כשהוא ...
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Half Hallel without a bracha on Yom Ha'atzma'ut and/or Yom Yerushalayim

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 ...
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Tefillin removal on chol hamoed - first day vs the other days

The Minhag to wear the Tfillin on first day חול המועד פסח is brought, as a by the way, in the ספר לקט הקמח החדש סימן כה אות קח (see image) where he mentions that one should remove the tfillin between ...
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Hallel in syngagogue on Pesach night before dark

In the Sefer הסדר בערוך, פרק כ"ח סעיף ט and in the associated footnotes two opinions are brought. Haggodas Moadim Uzmanim- that hallel in shul is part of the mitzvos whose חיוב is at night and ...
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Recitation of Hallel Accompanied by an Aramaic Targum? (in Megilla 21b)

I noticed the following comments by the Rogatchover which begin to answer my question. In צפנת פענח - מהדורא תניינא, דווינסק, תר"ץ when discussing the Rambam in הל' עבודה זרה ג:ג, he writes: ...
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Not Standing During Hallel of the Seder

Joel K gave a good answer, but to answer it more straightforwardly: The question seems premised on an incorrect translation. The questioner translated לְפִי שֶׁכָּל מַעֲשֵׂי לַיְלָה זֶה הוּא דֶּרֶךְ ...
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Why does Hallel at the Seder not get a Bracha, according to the second opinion cited by the Tur?

According to my Oz V’hadar extended Mesivta Haggadah, page 725, Tosfos (Berachos 14a DH “yamim”), among other Rishonim, write that the meal is considered an interruption of the Mitzvah. In this vein, ...
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Where are we commanded to read the hallel?

Pesahim 117a והלל זה מי אמרו נביאים שביניהן תקנו להן לישראל שיהו אומרין אותו על כל פרק ופרק ועל כל צרה וצרה שלא תבא עליהן ולכשנגאלין אומרים אותו על גאולתן The prophets enacted for Israel to say ...
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Should Hallel be recited on Yom Yerushalayim

I have seen a number of Orthodox places / yeshivot (a few in my neighborhood) that are more inclined to say Hallel on Yom Yerushalayim and not on Yom Ha'atzma'ut. Part of it is a "political" statement....
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No Bracha before Hallel said in shul on the first two nights of Pesach - Chazon Ish minhag

Just saw this Ran (Pesachim 26, dapei Harif). He discusses the opinions regarding the bracha on Hallel at the Seder itself. 1) Make a bracha, either at the meal or in shul, whatever comes first. ...
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Reciting Hallel on Yom Yerushalayim

Originally the Chief Rabbinate of Israel ruled that one should say Hallel without a bracha on Yom Haatzmaut ("The Chief Rabbinate ruled to recite Hallel without a blessing." http://hirhurim.blogspot....
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Meaning of the verses ana hashem hoshia/hatzlicha na?

It depends which of the commentaries you follow, please see your local Mikra'os Gedolos (here or here): Radak in his introduction to this Mizmor writes that it is a point of dispute as to who said/...
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