Hallel (pesukei dezimra)

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Hallel of pesukei dezimra a selection of six psalms recited as part of pesukei dezimra (Hymnal Verses) — the introduction the daily morning service. This "Hallel" is specifically Ashrei (most of which is Psalm 145) followed by Psalms 146-150. The term Hallel without a qualifier general refers to Psalms 113-118 which are recited only of festivals; for this reason the Hallel of pesukei dezimra is also known as the "daily Hallel".

These psalms are recited because they are devoted entirely to the praise of God.[1]

Originally, this was the only part of pesukei dezimra. Its recitation was considered voluntary for a long time.[2]

Views[edit]

The Babylonian Talmud relates that Rav Yosei said, "Let my part be of those who recite Hallel every day." The Gemara then questions this statement quoting the Master[who?] as having said, "He who reads Hallel every day is a curser and blasphemer." The Gemara then resolves this by saying that Rav Yosei was referring to the Hallel of Pesukei deZimra, and not the Hallel of Psalms 113-118.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ To pray as a Jew: a guide to the prayer book and the synagogue service By Hayim Halevy Donin, page 168-69
  2. ^ To pray as a Jew: a guide to the prayer book and the synagogue service By Hayim Halevy Donin, page 169
  3. ^ Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 118b
  4. ^ The Poetry of Prayer By Avi Baumol, page 69-70