Jacqueline Osherow: Hallel

Jacqueline Osherow
Hallel, meaning praise—the short service added to the morning prayers on holidays and new moons—is a pastiche of psalms and pieces of psalms and has always been my favorite service, even before I understood it. I loved its sounds and the many lovely melodies used to sing them. But little did I know how revelatory it was and would continue to be. Even after understanding the Hebrew words was second nature to me, a verse could always astonish me.