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Hallel for Rosh Chodesh Adar I Paragraph Three



The Chasid Ya’avetz introduces this paragraph by explaining it as the praise of Israel when they have survived tragedy, and have experienced a ‘taste’ of the World to Come, a world of endless possibilities and potential – the idea of accessing the full extent of God’s blessings:

We can also understand this paragraph as the prayer that Mordechai should have sung as soon as Esther was made queen, a sign of salvation indicating that salvation would be necessary; trouble was coming. Mordechai was also criticized for not praying after he successfully saved Achashveirosh’s life from the murderous plot of Bigtan and Teresh, another ‘salvation’ indicating that something bud was on the way, something that would necessitate salvation. Mordechai should have acknowledged the blessings and used them to pray for more, as we do in this Hallel:

“God remembered us and will bless –
Bless the House of Israel –
Bless the House of Aaron –
Bless those who are in awe of God, the insignificant with the great.
God will enhance you – you and your children.
You are blessed to God Who made the heavens and the earth.
The heavens are God’s, while the earth has been given to people.
The dead do not praise the Creator of Worlds,
nor do those who go down to their doom. But we – we praise the Creator of Worlds – From now and forever –
Hallelukah!”

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