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Browse Zemanim: Hanoukah: Full Hallel on Hanoukah

Contributed by: Rabbi Ezra Mizrahi

Do we recite Hallel on Hanoukah?
During the eight days of Hanoukah, we complete the Hallel. We recite all the passages of the Hallel and make a blessing before and after the Hallel. Hallel is recited in full regardless if a person is praying alone or in a minyan. If a person made a mistake and recited partial Hallel (like we do on Rosh Hodesh) without a blessing, and remembered afterwards, he should go back and recited the entire Hallel without a blessing.

Why do we recite Hallel on Hanukah?
The Bet Yosef writes the reason why we recite the complete Hallel each day on Hanukah is because the miracle of Hanukah was renewed daily. Therefore, we renew our praise by reciting a full Hallel daily.

Let's take this opportunity to learn some halachot regarding Hallel in general:

  1. From the verse of "Odecha Ki Anitani" until the end of the Hallel, one must repeat each verse. (The reason behind this is Kabalistic in nature and therefore will not be expounded upon this in forum. ) One should be careful especially when singing with the tunes of the Qahal to repeat the each entire verse in this section, until the end of Hallel.
  2. Generally, when two people recite a blessing of read a religious text, one who is listening does not fulfill his obligation, because halachically hearing two voices is like hearing no voice. However, in the case Hallel, one may hear the Hallel recited by more than one person and fulfill one's obligation.
  3. Hallel must be recited standing. Only once a year, during the Seder on Pesah, we recite the Hallel while sitting.
  4. During Hanoukah, the Avel or mourner must complete the whole Hallel, like a regular person. Only on Rosh Hodesh, when the saying of Hallel is a minhag, the Avel (when praying in his home), does not recite the Hallel.
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