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On which days of the year is the Hallel recited during the prayers?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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The complete Hallel is read on the seven days of the Festival of Sukkot, the two days of Shmini Atzeret-Simchat Torah, the eight days of Chanukah, the first two days of Passover, and the two days of the holiday of Shavuot.

The abridged version of the Hallel is read on Rosh Chodesh and on the last six days of Passover.

Many communities, including Chabad, also recite the complete Hallel after the Amidah of the evening service of the first night(s) of Passover
[The above applies for Jews in the Diaspora. In Israel, the complete Hallel is recited on the seven days of Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret, eight days of Chanukah, the first day of Passover, and Shavuot. The incomplete version is recited on Rosh Chodesh and the last six days of Passover.]

Aside for the above, the complete Hallel is also recited on the first two nights of Passover (in Israel, the first night only), during the course of the Seder. Many communities, including Chabad, also recite the complete Hallel after the Amidah of the evening service of the first night(s) of Passover.

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