Definition of Hallel in US English:



usually the Hallel
  • A portion of the service for certain Jewish festivals, consisting of Psalms 113–118.

    as modifier ‘the Hallel psalms’
    • ‘The first part of Hallel deals with the deliverance from Egypt and therefore belongs in the section of Magid.’
    • ‘The primary motif is Hallel, thanking Hashem for the great miracle of Jewish survival in general and Chanukah in particular.’
    • ‘It was a better way of thanking God for salvation than just reciting the Hallel, which is also recited on other major festivals.’
    • ‘In the second stanza of Hallel, we say that the sea fled and the Jordan turned backward.’
    • ‘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.’


From Hebrew hallēl ‘praise’.