The Hallel Prayer
"In Praise of the Lord"
Hallel is a prayer of praise and thanksgiving which congregations chant on Jewish holidays.
It consists of six Psalms (113-118) sung to traditional tunes, usually together with the morning prayers, (Shacharit)* which precede the festival Torah reading.
The graphic above is from Psalm 118:21-29
The Hallel prayer is also chanted during some evening prayers (Ma'ariv)* on special occasions.
Halllel is chanted on the following six festivals of Biblical origin:
Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Chodesh.
It is also chanted on Chanukah, a festival of later origin.
Many congregations, especially in Israel, also chant Hallel on two new festivals in the Jewish calendar:
Israel's Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut) and
Jerusalem Day (Yom Yerushalayim)
Depending on the Festival, congregations chant either the full Hallel or the partial Hallel.
Note: Hallel is not said at all on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
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