Advanced Search

Why No Hallel on Purim?


Why do we not say Hallel on Purim? answered:

We recite "Hallel" on the festivals which celebrate our freedom from Egypt. Hallel begins with the words, "Give praise, servants of G-d." Thus, we recite "Hallel" to celebrate the fact that we are no longer "servants of Pharaoh," but rather we are "servants of G-d."

The Megillah, on the other hand, begins with the Jews in exile, subservient to Achashverosh, and ends with the Jews in exile, subservient to Achashverosh. In this sense Hallel is inappropriate.


  • Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 693, Mishna Berurah 7

Similar Questions
Holidays > Purim
Purim – A Physical Celebration
Purim – A “Hidden” Miracle
The Purim Story
Iran – Then and Now
Megillah by Phone
Why Do We Make Noise Only for Haman?
Walled Cities and Shushan Purim
Spelling in the Megillah
Sending Gifts of Food
Hamantaschen on Purim
Masquerading on Purim
Esther's Age
Work and Payment on Purim
What Became of Esther?
Decrees and Sufficient Time for the Jews to Save Themselves
Eating Seeds on Purim
Mordechai's Relationship with Esther
Da'at Torah
Wearing Costumes on Purim
Small & Large Letters in Haman's Sons' Names
Celebrating While So Many Died
Bowing down
Kosher Alcoholic Drinks
Esther's Marrying a Non-Jew
Who is Amalek?
Purim and Unity
Purim, Persia and Iran
The Shabbat Before Purim
Parashat Zachor
Preparing for Purim
Purim and Anti-Semitism
Laws and Customs of Purim
A Month when Opposites Detract
Adar Month of Happiness and Laughter
“Remembering” Purim on Shabbat
The Thirteenth Month
The Story of Purim
Purim - Unity of the Jewish People
Have a question?
Gateways - Your Key to Jewish Continuity is a service of the Gateways Organization © 2022
Technical problems? Please contact the AskTheRabbi Support team