One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounusually the Hallel
A portion of the service for certain Jewish festivals, consisting of Psalms 113–118.as modifier ‘the Hallel psalms’
- ‘The primary motif is Hallel, thanking Hashem for the great miracle of Jewish survival in general and Chanukah in particular.’
- ‘He also argued that the evidence that the Hallel would have been sung at the Passover meal, came from the Talmud, which was written 300 years after Christ.’
- ‘In the second stanza of Hallel, we say that the sea fled and the Jordan turned backward.’
- ‘It was a better way of thanking God for salvation than just reciting the Hallel, which is also recited on other major festivals.’
- ‘The first part of Hallel deals with the deliverance from Egypt and therefore belongs in the section of Magid.’
From Hebrew hallēl ‘praise’.
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