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I once wondered about this and found an answer at Ohr Somayach. They say that Hallel is said with joy and that our focus on judgement precludes this. They cite Rosh Hashanah 32b: אמרו מלאכי השרת לפני הקב"ה רבש"ע מפני מה אין ישראל אומרים שירה לפניך בר"ה וביום הכפורים אמר להם אפשר מלך יושב על כסא דין וספרי חיים וספרי מתים פתוחין לפניו וישראל אומרים שירה: ...


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It sounds like your minyan is misapplying the opinion of the Rambam. There are 4 opinions regarding reciting "Half Hallel". (Half Hallel is said on Rosh Chodesh (except Tishrei and Tevet) and the last 6 days of Pesach.) The disagreement is about Half Hallel; all agree to recite Whole Hallel with a bracha even with no minyan. Rambam: No Half Hallel is ...


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The earliest I can find for calling the abreviated Halel "Half Halel" is the Levush (c. 1600): לבוש אורח חיים סימן תפח וכשאומרים חצי הלל כגון בראש חודש וחול המועד Even after him, it is not the standard way of referring to it. Everyone else calls it "Halel BeDilug" which means "Halel with skipping." Note also that the phrase is used earlier at ...


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I can't provide the provenance of the term חצי הלל as sought, but there are examples of חצי's meaning "divided" rather than "halved". E.g., "חצי שיעור אסור מן התורה", which רש״י (to יומא ע״ג ע״ב‎) explains as meaning "פחות מכשיעור".


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The Gemara you're thinking of is Sukkah 39a, which records that Rebbi used to repeat some verses of Hallel (Rashi: from אנא onwards), while R. Elazar ben Parta repeated from an earlier point - which the Gemara identifies as אודך, as is the present-day practice. Rashi (ibid. 38a, ד"ה לכפול) says that the reason for this is that the first twenty verses in ...


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The Talmud asks this question. The Yerushalmi (Sukkah 5:1) answers simply that Hallel is read all week on Sukkot due to the ongoing Mitzva of the Lulav (which is taken and waved during Hallel). The Bavli (Arachin 10) answers that since each day of Sukkot has its own unique Korban Musaf (the number of bulls changes each day, cf. Numbers 29) then in a certain ...


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In general, If there is a halachic doubt as to whether to say a bracha it is better to answer Amen to someone else's bracha then to say it yourself. This way you avoid the possibility of making a bracha levatala. This is done Shavuos morning: someone who slept will be motzi those who stayed awake with birchos hatorah, elokai netzor and ha'maavir shaina. (...


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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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There is a famous Meiri (Rishon) which says that if an individual or a community experienced a salvation, they may recite Hallel every year on that day without a bracha. This is why some people say Hallel without a Bracha on Yom Hatzmaut. מאירי פסחים קיז.‏ כל יחיד שאירעתהו צרה ונגאל הימנה רשאי לקבוע הלל לעצמו באותו יום בכל שנה אלא שאינו מברך ...


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Chabad.org - Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson - quoting the Abarbanel in his Sefer Zevach Pesach says that the first part of Hallel talks about miracles that already occured. The Second part talks about miracles that will occur when Mashiach comes. In his commentary Zevach Pesach on the haggadah, the great Spanish scholar Don Isaac Abarbanel (1437–1508) ...


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Hallel on Rosh Chodesh says that this is actually a minhag that has been acceptedby Bnai Yisrael to show that the date has kedusha even though it is not required because we are allowed to do melacha. There is a case in the talmud (from memory) in which an amora was going to stop the Baal Tefilah from saying Hallel until he saw that part of it was left out. ...


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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 ...


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Yes, for Pesach Chol HaMoed, Sephardim recite the abridged version of Hallel and without any blessings. (cf. Yalkut Yosef 488:18)


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I will try to answer the first question on whether Hallel was recited on Yom Nicanor, using classical and rabbinic evidence. There are no sources that record the recitation of Hallel in the celebration of Yom Nicanor. The strongest evidence to indicate that it was said occurs in the Second Book of Maccabees (ch.15), one of the texts historically closest to ...


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Rabbi Eliezer Melamed rules in Peninei Halachah that one must say Halel. Hallel with a bracha He says elsewhere that Rabbi Shlomoh Goren (and Rabbi Gershoni, quoted in the footnote) ruled to say it with a blessing, and this is how Rabbi Tzvi Yehudah Kook acted. He also quotes Rabbi Meshulam Rata (Kol Mevaser 1:21) to say it with a blessing. Rabbi Sharki (...


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When the passuk says Bo B'yamim it means he aged using every minute of his time and didn't waste any. Maybe we say this because we are starting the new month and we should be reminded once a month how important every minute is like Avraham Avinu did and try to emulate him. The Mishnas Chassidim (Maseches Rosh Chodesh 2:6) brings that we say this verse in ...


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Dayan Raskin, in his notes to the Rav's Siddur, explains that Raaya Meheimna speaks of 72 motions total (18 for נטילת לולב and 54 in Hallel), while Arizal says to do 72 in Hallel alone. So the compromise is to consider R.M. as talking about where you do נטילת לולב right before Hallel, and then its 18 wavings count along with the ones in Hallel; while Arizal ...


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Sefer Abudirham in its comments on the Haggada, explains that: כדי להדר בו את כוס שני שכוס ראשון מהדרי בקידוש וכוס שני מהדרי במקצת ההלל שההגדה אינה אלא ספור דברים בעלמא וכוס שלישי מהדרו בברכת המזון וכוס רביעי מהדרו בהשלמת הלל [Hallel is split] in order to glorify the second cup, for the first cup is glorified with Kiddush, the second cup is glorified ...


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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 complete the Hallel with the community with a pleasant tune and a blessing at the beginning and end. The same is on the second night outside Israel. The Rema ...


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We see in many places that if one finishes a bracha before the shatz that he should say amen and that is recommended (SA OC 51:1,59:4. Saying amen prior to finishing the bracha is debated, but only due to the interruption. A possible reason for the distinction between the cases is that saying amen to my friends bracha is seconding my friend's bracha. ...


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The idea is that there should be four shakings in shul. If he said the bracha at home in the sukkah then that is seperate and doesn't count as one of the four. However, if he said the bracha in shul or in the sukkah in shul then that counts as one of the four and he only does three in Hallel (omitting the shaking during the repitition of Ana). I assume there ...


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Mishnah Berurah (Orahh Hayim, Siman 644, Se'if Qatan 4) states (my translation): וכן כל שמונת ימי החג ולא הוי דחול המועד פסח דמדלגין משום דבסוכות כל יום חשוב כיום טוב בפני עצמו, כיון שחלוק קרבנותיו מיום שלפניו And thus all eight days of the festival And therefore unlike Hol HaMo'ed Pesahh during which we skip [certain passages of Hallel]; because,...


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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 Chodesh as the best example of a Hallel day, really Rosh Chodesh is not a Hallel day at all. Hallel is recited on the entire holidays of Sukkot and Chanukkah as well ...


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Hallel is a rabbinic commandment. As such there is no mention of it in the Torah (Pentateuch). There is also no (explicit) mention in the rest of Tanach. What we do have is the Talmud in Arachin 10a which tells us on which days we are obligated to recite Hallel. The Talmud in Shabbat 23a asks (with reference to the similarly rabbinic commandment to light ...


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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 השנה ויום הכיפורים, אין בהן הלל, לפי שהן ימי תשובה ויראה ופחד, לא ימי שמחה יתרה It should be noted that Rambam is dealing with Hallel on Rosh HaShana in terms ...


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Per Shaalos U'teshuvos Maharsham 1:1 - paragraph 3 Tosefta Menachos Perek 6 - says that Tefila and Hallel are Meakev each other, that one is not Yotzei Tefila until you say Hallel. However at the end of the paragraph he says that based on the Perisha 122 the main prohibition of interruption is only on the Shaliach Tzibur. It seems to me that based on this ...


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Rambam Hilchos Chanuka 3:5: ולמה מברכין על יום טוב שני, והם לא תיקנוהו אלא מפני הספק--כדי שלא יזלזלו בו. Why do we make a blessing on the second day of Yom Tov, as it was only established as a safek? In order that people do not come to disrespect the day If Yom Tov sheni was dealt with differently, in ways that treat it on a lower level due to it's ...


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The question assumes that chazi in Mishnaic Hebrew means half (which it does in Modern Hebrew). As one of the previous answers mentions, chazi shiur is another place where it seems that chazi means "part of a whole" (or "a fraction") rather than 50%.


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there seems to be a fundamental machlokes in how to understand what the gemara means when it says " reading the megilla is like saying hallel". the meiri understands it fulfills it, so if one is in a place with no megilla, they then should say hallel. however the Rambam ( megilla- chanuka perek 3 ) says " hallel wasnt instituted on purim because of megilla " ...


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Pseudo-Rama rules that way in OC 477:1: ויקדים עצמו שגם ההלל יקרא קודם חצות And he should [eat the Afikoman] early enough so that he reads Hallel as well before midnight.


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