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Why don't we say hallel on the high Holidays?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart

  

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In the Talmud1   it says:

Why [is there no Hallel on Rosh Hashanah]? Rabbi Abahu says, "The ministering angels asked G-d: 'Master of the world: Why is it that Israel does not recite Songs of Praise on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur?' G-d replied: 'When the King sits in judgment with the Books of Life and Death open before Him - can Israel sing praise?'"
 

When the King sits in judgment with the Books of Life and Death open before Him - can Israel sing praise

Footnotes

  • 1. Rosh Hashanah 32b.

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Talmud
Usually referring to the Babylonian edition, it is a compilation of Rabbinic law, commentary and analysis compiled over a 600 year period (200 BCE - 427 CE). Talmudic verse serves as the bedrock of all classic and modern-day Torah-Jewish literature.
Rosh Hashanah
The Jewish New Year. An early autumn two day holiday marking the creation of Adam and Eve. On this day we hear the blasts of the ram's horn and accept G-d's sovereignty upon ourselves and the world. On Rosh Hashanah we pray that G-d should grant us all a sweet New Year.
Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement. This late-autumn high-holiday is the holiest day of the year. We devote this day to repentance and all healthy adults are required to fast.
Hallel
Hebrew word meaning "praise." Normally is a reference to Psalms 113-118-- Psalms of jubilation which are recited during the morning prayers of all joyous holidays.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.