On May 14, 1948, God changed the course of sacred history and the State of Israel was born in one day
as stated in Isaiah 66:8. Indeed, the Jewish people experienced a dream-like state of wonderment as echoed in Psalm 126.
In recognition of the restoration of Israel back to its homeland, we invoked Psalms 113-118 (Hallel) in our corporate liturgy. This series of praise psalms demonstrate our gratitude for God’s divine intervention through His people and Zion.
An essential characteristic of Hallel is the role of the nations in praising God with us.
“Praise the Lord, all nations; acclaim Him, all you peoples; for His loving-kindness to us is strong; and the Lord’s faithfulness is everlasting. Halleluya” (Psalm 117)
It is my belief that the time has come to invite the Christian world to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day with us by reciting these psalms. I encourage you sign our commitment pledge on the top of this page and let us know you will be reciting Hallel on May 2nd, 2017.
Blessings from Israel,
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and David Nekrutman
Co-Founders for the Day to Praise