Hallel Lights – Infinite Hallel
“And telling all Your wonders” – (Is it possible to tell all Your wonders?)
Rabbi Avin said, That is Hallel, as it has of the past within it, and it has of the future within it, and it has these generations within it and it has the days of the Messiah within it, and it has the days of Gog and Magog within it:
“In the coming out of Israel from Egypt” (Psalms 114:1) is of the past;
“Not to us, O Lord” (Psalms 115:1) is of these generations;
“I have loved that You heard, O Lord” (Psalms 116:1) is for the days of the Messiah;
“All the nations surrounded me” (Psalms 118:10) is for the days of Gog and Magog;
“You are my God and I will praise You, my God and I will exalt You” (Psalms 118:28) is for the future to come (Vayikrah Rabbah 30:5). sefaria.org
Singing Hallel is touching the infinite; the past, present and future.
Singing Hallel is our tool to connect past, present and future.
As in the verse introducing this paragraph, “Raising my voice in thanksgiving,” Chanukah is our Festival of Hoda’ah, Gratitude for that which is beyond any expectation.
Our prayers take the place of the offerings, as taught by the prophet, “Instead of bulls we will pay [The offering of] our lips (Hosea 14:3 – please see Partners In Prayer https://partnersinprayers1.blogspot.com/ special project “וּֽנְשַׁלְּמָ֥ה פָרִ֖ים שְׂפָתֵֽינוּ”)
On Chanukah we pray as an expression of Thanksgiving – a special form of Offering – followed by a special ability to “Tell all Your wonders,” with our Infinite Hallel.