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    Hallel on Purim – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. Why do we not read Hallel on Purim? On Chanukah we do, so what is the difference?

    A. Hallel is not said over events which happened outside Israel to some but not all of the Jewish people. Further, the events in the M’gillah, for all their drama, did not entirely free the Jews of Persia, because even after Haman’s fall they were still servants to Achashverosh. Even those who think Hallel should be said on Purim accept that the M’gillah is already a praise of the Almighty.

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