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Hallel (pesukei dezimra)

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Hallel (pesukei dezimra)

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]


There are contradictory views on the daily recitation of Hallel. The Gemara refers to one who recites Hallel daily as a blasphemer. Talmud Bavli refers to one who recites it daily as praiseworthy. The recitation of these six psalms as an alternative to 113-118 is a compromise on this matter.[3]


  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. ^ The Poetry of Prayer By Avi Baumol, page 69-70

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