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Yom Ha’atzmaot

The Daily Halacha Moment - Yom Ha’atzmaot

״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)

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May one say Hallel with a Berachah on Yom Ha’atzmaot?


We are zocheh to have Eretz Yisrael today because of the miracle Hashem has done for us. According to all the "experts" we were supposed to be wiped out off the map. But Hashem runs the world and Hashem helped us win the war.

One may not recite a berachah on Hallel or answer amen to such a berachah on the fifth day of Iyar. If one would like to recite Hallel one may do so without a Berachah but after the Teffilah (since according to Kabbalah there's a set order to the Teffilah).

Similarly, music and dancing are forbidden on this day. [1] (This halachah is irrespective of whether it is correct to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, but is due to the *halachic* issues involved when reciting Hallel on a day that Chazal did not establish to do so.)

Additionally, see Orchot Maran, vol.2, p. 847, which states that the custom of Maran Chacham Ovadia Yosef Zatzal was to permit the omission of Tachanun and allow the recitation of Hallel without a berachah (after teffilah). Similarly, on Yom Yerushalayim (the twenty-eighth of Iyar), he would permit the omission of Tachanun, but not the recitation of Hallel.


[1]. Yaskil Avdi 6:10; Yabia Omer 5:35; ibid. 6:41–42; Yalkut Yosef, Shabbat, book 1, vol. 4, p. 905.

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