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 (hä-lāl′, hä′lāl)
n. Judaism
A chant of praise consisting of Psalms 113 through 118, used during Passover and on certain other holidays.

[Hebrew hallēl, song of praise, from hillēl, to praise; see hll in Semitic roots.]


(Hebrew hɑˈlel; Yiddish hɑːˈleɪl)
(Judaism) Judaism a section of the liturgy consisting of Psalms 113–18, read during the morning service on festivals, Chanukah, and Rosh Chodesh
[C18: from Hebrew hallēl, from hellēl to praise]


(ˈhɑ leɪl, hɑˈleɪl)

a Hebrew liturgical prayer consisting of all or part of Psalms 113–118, recited at the beginning of each new month of the Jewish calendar and on various festivals, as Passover and Hanukkah.
[1695–1705; < Hebrew hallēl praise]
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Noun1.Hallel - (Judaism) a chant of praise (Psalms 113 through 118) used at Passover and Shabuoth and Sukkoth and Hanukkah and Rosh Hodesh
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This particular Psalm is part of a well-known subset Psalms 113-118, referred to as the Hallel within Jewish tradition, with its words offering "thanksgiving for deliverance in battle" and/or victory from oppressors (May and Metzger 1973, 747), making it a fitting nod to the parallel between the slavery of the ancient Israelites and the slavery of African Americans.
It figures in the Hallel (Psalms 113-118) recited on Pilgrim Festivals, Hanukkah, Rosh Hodesh (the New Moon), during the Passover Seder; and in "the Great Hallel" (Psalm 136) recited on Sabbath and festival mornings.
One tune for Yigdal has the melody as does both the Sephardi prayer for Dew and the melody for Psalm 117 as recited by Sephardim in the Hallel.
Maybe the most ambitious of my efforts in this direction is a set of six poems written to serve as Hallel, the liturgical unit of six psalms (psalms 113-118) recited on festivals:
The title poem, "Psalter," finds Christ and the disciples before the ascent of Mount Olive "singing the psalms, under their melodic spell, / the Hallel psalms, the canticles of praise, / and Jesus sang the words he knew so well, / taught to him by Mary in his childhood days, / .
CDATA[ Rabbi notes that the special make-up of the Hallel prayer makes it especially suitable for Independence Day.
132) For a translation of On the Cell, see Tim Vivian and Birger Pearson, "Saint Paul of Tamma on the Monastic Cell (de Cella)," Hallel 23.
56) Kaplan, Kohn, and Eisenstein acknowledge abridging the Hallel (psalms of praise) and paraphrasing the Hebrew text in English rather than translating it.
One hundred American women rabbis visiting Israel for the Central Conference of American Rabbis sang loud and clear at the wall during a prayer, known as Hallel, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Women of the Wall, an organization that plans female group prayers on the first day of the month.
Hy word beurtelings spikkel in die kosmiese ruimte en bewoner van "'n aarde wat met 'n helder luide hallel / al sy pynlike kreune doodsing [.
Part 6, "Textual Tradition in Churches and Synagogues," includes articles on texts and translations in tension (Richard Clifford), the translation and liturgical uses of Hallel Psalms 113 and 114 (Elliot Stevens), and translations for contemporary worship (Gordon Lathrop).
Lettoch and Chris Pimlott look beaten in the handicap hurdle until Hallel and Steve Kettlewell part company at the last, but there is no doubting the authority of The Welder and Robert Earnshaw in the novices' hurdle.