Musical Hallel: Suggested Melodies for Verses of Praise

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי, אֱלֹקֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּנוּ לִקְרֹא אֶת הַהַלֵּל:

Blessed are you Lord, master of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to recite the Hallel.

(א) הַ֥לְלוּ יָ֨הּ ׀ הַ֭לְלוּ עַבְדֵ֣י יי הַֽ֝לְלוּ אֶת־שֵׁ֥ם יי׃ (ב) יְהִ֤י שֵׁ֣ם יי מְבֹרָ֑ךְ מֵֽ֝עַתָּ֗ה וְעַד־עוֹלָֽם׃ (ג) מִמִּזְרַח־שֶׁ֥מֶשׁ עַד־מְבוֹא֑וֹ מְ֝הֻלָּ֗ל שֵׁ֣ם יי׃ (ד) רָ֖ם עַל־כָּל־גּוֹיִ֥ם ׀ יי עַ֖ל הַשָּׁמַ֣יִם כְּבוֹדֽוֹ׃ (ה) מִ֭י כַּיי אֱלֹקֵ֑ינוּ הַֽמַּגְבִּיהִ֥י לָשָֽׁבֶת׃ (ו) הַֽמַּשְׁפִּילִ֥י לִרְא֑וֹת בַּשָּׁמַ֥יִם וּבָאָֽרֶץ׃ (ז) מְקִֽימִ֣י מֵעָפָ֣ר דָּ֑ל מֵֽ֝אַשְׁפֹּ֗ת יָרִ֥ים אֶבְיֽוֹן׃ (ח) לְהוֹשִׁיבִ֥י עִם־נְדִיבִ֑ים עִ֝֗ם נְדִיבֵ֥י עַמּֽוֹ׃ (ט) מֽוֹשִׁיבִ֨י ׀ עֲקֶ֬רֶת הַבַּ֗יִת אֵֽם־הַבָּנִ֥ים שְׂמֵחָ֗ה הַֽלְלוּ־יָֽהּ׃
(1) Hallelujah. O servants of the LORD, give praise; praise the name of the LORD. (2) Let the name of the LORD be blessed now and forever. (3) From east to west the name of the LORD is praised. (4) The LORD is exalted above all nations; His glory is above the heavens. (5) Who is like the LORD our God, who, enthroned on high, (6) sees what is below, in heaven and on earth? (7) He raises the poor from the dust, lifts up the needy from the refuse heap (8) to set them with the great, with the great men of His people. (9) He sets the childless woman among her household as a happy mother of children. Hallelujah.
(א) בְּצֵ֣את יִ֭שְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרָ֑יִם בֵּ֥ית יַ֝עֲקֹ֗ב מֵעַ֥ם לֹעֵֽז׃ (ב) הָיְתָ֣ה יְהוּדָ֣ה לְקָדְשׁ֑וֹ יִ֝שְׂרָאֵ֗ל מַמְשְׁלוֹתָֽיו׃ (ג) הַיָּ֣ם רָ֭אָה וַיָּנֹ֑ס הַ֝יַּרְדֵּ֗ן יִסֹּ֥ב לְאָחֽוֹר׃ (ד) הֶֽ֭הָרִים רָקְד֣וּ כְאֵילִ֑ים גְּ֝בָע֗וֹת כִּבְנֵי־צֹֽאן׃ (ה) מַה־לְּךָ֣ הַ֭יָּם כִּ֣י תָנ֑וּס הַ֝יַּרְדֵּ֗ן תִּסֹּ֥ב לְאָחֽוֹר׃ (ו) הֶֽ֭הָרִים תִּרְקְד֣וּ כְאֵילִ֑ים גְּ֝בָע֗וֹת כִּבְנֵי־צֹֽאן׃ (ז) מִלִּפְנֵ֣י אָ֭דוֹן ח֣וּלִי אָ֑רֶץ מִ֝לִּפְנֵ֗י אֱל֣וֹקַּ יַעֲקֹֽב׃ (ח) הַהֹפְכִ֣י הַצּ֣וּר אֲגַם־מָ֑יִם חַ֝לָּמִ֗ישׁ לְמַעְיְנוֹ־מָֽיִם׃
(1) When Israel went forth from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech, (2) Judah became His -holy one, Israel, His dominion. (3) The sea saw them and fled, Jordan ran backward, (4) mountains skipped like rams, hills like sheep. (5) What alarmed you, O sea, that you fled, Jordan, that you ran backward, (6) mountains, that you skipped like rams, hills, like sheep? (7) Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, (8) who turned the rock into a pool of water, the flinty rock into a fountain.
(יב) יי זְכָרָ֪נוּ יְבָ֫רֵ֥ךְ יְ֭בָרֵךְ אֶת־בֵּ֣ית יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְ֝בָרֵ֗ךְ אֶת־בֵּ֥ית אַהֲרֹֽן׃ (יג) יְ֭בָרֵךְ יִרְאֵ֣י יי הַ֝קְּטַנִּ֗ים עִם־הַגְּדֹלִֽים׃ (יד) יֹסֵ֣ף יי עֲלֵיכֶ֑ם עֲ֝לֵיכֶ֗ם וְעַל־בְּנֵיכֶֽם׃ (טו) בְּרוּכִ֣ים אַ֭תֶּם לַיי עֹ֝שֵׂ֗ה שָׁמַ֥יִם וָאָֽרֶץ׃ (טז) הַשָּׁמַ֣יִם שָׁ֭מַיִם לַיי וְ֝הָאָ֗רֶץ נָתַ֥ן לִבְנֵי־אָדָֽם׃ (יז) לֹ֣א הַ֭מֵּתִים יְהַֽלְלוּ־יָ֑הּ וְ֝לֹ֗א כָּל־יֹרְדֵ֥י דוּמָֽה׃ (יח) וַאֲנַ֤חְנוּ ׀ נְבָ֘רֵ֤ךְ יָ֗הּ מֵֽעַתָּ֥ה וְעַד־עוֹלָ֗ם הַֽלְלוּ־יָֽהּ׃
(12) The LORD is mindful of us. He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron; (13) He will bless those who fear the LORD, small and great alike. (14) May the LORD increase your numbers, yours and your children’s also. (15) May you be blessed by the LORD, Maker of heaven and earth. (16) The heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth He gave over to man. (17) The dead cannot praise the LORD, nor any who go down into silence. (18) But we will bless the LORD now and forever. Hallelujah.
(יב) מָֽה־אָשִׁ֥יב לַיי כָּֽל־תַּגְמוּל֥וֹהִי עָלָֽי׃ (יג) כּוֹס־יְשׁוּע֥וֹת אֶשָּׂ֑א וּבְשֵׁ֖ם יי אֶקְרָֽא׃ (יד) נְ֭דָרַי לַיי אֲשַׁלֵּ֑ם נֶגְדָה־נָּ֝֗א לְכָל־עַמּֽוֹ׃ (טו) יָ֭קָר בְּעֵינֵ֣י יי הַ֝מָּ֗וְתָה לַחֲסִידָֽיו׃ (טז) אָֽנָּ֣ה יי כִּֽי־אֲנִ֪י עַ֫בְדֶּ֥ךָ אֲ‍ֽנִי־עַ֭בְדְּךָ בֶּן־אֲמָתֶ֑ךָ פִּ֝תַּ֗חְתָּ לְמוֹסֵרָֽי׃ (יז) לְֽךָ־אֶ֭זְבַּח זֶ֣בַח תּוֹדָ֑ה וּבְשֵׁ֖ם יי אֶקְרָֽא׃ (יח) נְ֭דָרַי לַיי אֲשַׁלֵּ֑ם נֶגְדָה־נָּ֝֗א לְכָל־עַמּֽוֹ׃ (יט) בְּחַצְר֤וֹת ׀ בֵּ֤ית יי בְּֽת֘וֹכֵ֤כִי יְֽרוּשָׁלִָ֗ם הַֽלְלוּ־יָֽהּ׃
(12) How can I repay the LORD for all His bounties to me? (13) I raise the cup of deliverance and invoke the name of the LORD. (14) I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people. (15) The death of His faithful ones is grievous in the LORD’s sight. (16) O LORD, I am Your servant, Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have undone the cords that bound me. (17) I will sacrifice a thank offering to You and invoke the name of the LORD. (18) I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people, (19) in the courts of the house of the LORD, in the midst of Jerusalem. Hallelujah.

[Miriam Margles and the Hadar Ensemble's "Hallelu!" is a setting for Psalm 150, but could be adapted this section.]

(א) הַֽלְל֣וּ אֶת־יי כָּל־גּוֹיִ֑ם שַׁ֝בְּח֗וּהוּ כָּל־הָאֻמִּֽים׃ (ב) כִּ֥י גָ֘בַ֤ר עָלֵ֨ינוּ ׀ חַסְדּ֗וֹ וֶֽאֱמֶת־יי לְעוֹלָ֗ם הַֽלְלוּ־יָֽהּ׃

(1) Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples, (2) for great is His steadfast love toward us; the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Hallelujah.

[Joey Weisenberg's "Hodu Ladoshem Ki Tov" also works for this section. Listen here.]

הוֹד֣וּ לַיי כִּי־ט֑וֹב כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃

יֹֽאמַר־נָ֥א יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃

יֹֽאמְרוּ־נָ֥א בֵֽית־אַהֲרֹ֑ן כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃

יֹֽאמְרוּ־נָ֭א יִרְאֵ֣י יי כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃

Praise the LORD, for He is good, His steadfast love is eternal.

Let Israel declare, “His steadfast love is eternal.”

Let the house of Aaron declare, “His steadfast love is eternal.”

Let those who fear the LORD declare, “His steadfast love is eternal.”

(ה) מִֽן־הַ֭מֵּצַ֥ר קָרָ֣אתִי יָּ֑הּ עָנָ֖נִי בַמֶּרְחָ֣ב יָֽהּ׃ (ו) יי לִ֭י לֹ֣א אִירָ֑א מַה־יַּעֲשֶׂ֖ה לִ֣י אָדָֽם׃ (ז) יי לִ֭י בְּעֹזְרָ֑י וַ֝אֲנִ֗י אֶרְאֶ֥ה בְשֹׂנְאָֽי׃ (ח) ט֗וֹב לַחֲס֥וֹת בַּיי מִ֝בְּטֹ֗חַ בָּאָדָֽם׃ (ט) ט֗וֹב לַחֲס֥וֹת בַּיי מִ֝בְּטֹ֗חַ בִּנְדִיבִֽים׃ (י) כָּל־גּוֹיִ֥ם סְבָב֑וּנִי בְּשֵׁ֥ם יי כִּ֣י אֲמִילַֽם׃ (יא) סַבּ֥וּנִי גַם־סְבָב֑וּנִי בְּשֵׁ֥ם יי כִּ֣י אֲמִילַֽם׃ (יב) סַבּ֤וּנִי כִדְבוֹרִ֗ים דֹּ֭עֲכוּ כְּאֵ֣שׁ קוֹצִ֑ים בְּשֵׁ֥ם יי כִּ֣י אֲמִילַֽם׃ (יג) דַּחֹ֣ה דְחִיתַ֣נִי לִנְפֹּ֑ל וַ֖יי עֲזָרָֽנִי׃ (יד) עָזִּ֣י וְזִמְרָ֣ת יָ֑הּ וַֽיְהִי־לִ֝֗י לִֽישׁוּעָֽה׃ (טו) ק֤וֹל ׀ רִנָּ֬ה וִֽישׁוּעָ֗ה בְּאָהֳלֵ֥י צַדִּיקִ֑ים יְמִ֥ין יי עֹ֣שָׂה חָֽיִל׃ (טז) יְמִ֣ין יי רוֹמֵמָ֑ה יְמִ֥ין יי עֹ֣שָׂה חָֽיִל׃ (יז) לֹֽא אָמ֥וּת כִּי־אֶֽחְיֶ֑ה וַ֝אֲסַפֵּ֗ר מַֽעֲשֵׂ֥י יָֽהּ׃
(5) In distress I called on the LORD; the Lord answered me and brought me relief. (6) The LORD is on my side, I have no fear; what can man do to me? (7) With the LORD on my side as my helper, I will see the downfall of my foes. (8) It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in mortals; (9) it is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in the great. (10) All nations have beset me; by the name of the LORD I will surely cut them down. (11) They beset me, they surround me; by the name of the LORD I will surely cut them down. (12) They have beset me like bees; they shall be extinguished like burning thorns; by the name of the LORD I will surely cut them down. (13) You pressed me hard, I nearly fell; but the LORD helped me. (14) The LORD is my strength and might; He has become my deliverance. (15) The tents of the victorious resound with joyous shouts of deliverance, “The right hand of the LORD is triumphant! (16) The right hand of the LORD is exalted! The right hand of the LORD is triumphant!” (17) I shall not die but live and proclaim the works of the LORD.
(יט) פִּתְחוּ־לִ֥י שַׁעֲרֵי־צֶ֑דֶק אָֽבֹא־בָ֝ם אוֹדֶ֥ה יָֽהּ׃ (כ) זֶֽה־הַשַּׁ֥עַר לַיי צַ֝דִּיקִ֗ים יָבֹ֥אוּ בֽוֹ׃
(19) Open the gates of victory for me that I may enter them and praise the LORD. (20) This is the gateway to the LORD— the victorious shall enter through it.

[Listen to George Mordecai's "Odecha" from Rising Song Records.]

א֭וֹדְךָ כִּ֣י עֲנִיתָ֑נִי וַתְּהִי־לִ֝֗י לִֽישׁוּעָֽה׃

א֭וֹדְךָ כִּ֣י עֲנִיתָ֑נִי וַתְּהִי־לִ֝֗י לִֽישׁוּעָֽה

אֶ֭בֶן מָאֲס֣וּ הַבּוֹנִ֑ים הָ֝יְתָ֗ה לְרֹ֣אשׁ פִּנָּֽה׃

אֶ֭בֶן מָאֲס֣וּ הַבּוֹנִ֑ים הָ֝יְתָ֗ה לְרֹ֣אשׁ פִּנָּֽה׃

מֵאֵ֣ת יי הָ֣יְתָה זֹּ֑את הִ֖יא נִפְלָ֣את בְּעֵינֵֽינוּ׃

מֵאֵ֣ת יי הָ֣יְתָה זֹּ֑את הִ֖יא נִפְלָ֣את בְּעֵינֵֽינוּ׃

זֶה־הַ֭יּוֹם עָשָׂ֣ה יי נָגִ֖ילָה וְנִשְׂמְחָ֣ה בֽוֹ׃

זֶה־הַ֭יּוֹם עָשָׂ֣ה יי נָגִ֖ילָה וְנִשְׂמְחָ֣ה בֽוֹ׃

I praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my deliverance.

I praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my deliverance.

The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our sight.

This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our sight.

This is the day that the LORD has made— let us exult and rejoice on it.

This is the day that the LORD has made— let us exult and rejoice on it.

אָנָּ֣א יי הוֹשִׁ֘יעָ֥ה נָּ֑א

אָנָּ֣א יי הוֹשִׁ֘יעָ֥ה נָּ֑א

אָֽנָּ֥א יי הַצְלִ֘יחָ֥ה נָּֽא

אָֽנָּ֥א יי הַצְלִ֘יחָ֥ה נָּֽא

O LORD, deliver us!

O LORD, deliver us!

O LORD, let us prosper!

O LORD, let us prosper!

בָּר֣וּךְ הַ֭בָּא בְּשֵׁ֣ם יי בֵּ֝רַֽכְנוּכֶ֗ם מִבֵּ֥ית יי׃

בָּר֣וּךְ הַ֭בָּא בְּשֵׁ֣ם יי בֵּ֝רַֽכְנוּכֶ֗ם מִבֵּ֥ית יי׃

אֵ֤ל ׀ יי וַיָּ֪אֶר לָ֥נוּ אִסְרוּ־חַ֥ג בַּעֲבֹתִ֑ים עַד־קַ֝רְנ֗וֹת הַמִּזְבֵּֽחַ

אֵ֤ל ׀ יי וַיָּ֪אֶר לָ֥נוּ אִסְרוּ־חַ֥ג בַּעֲבֹתִ֑ים עַד־קַ֝רְנ֗וֹת הַמִּזְבֵּֽחַ

May he who enters be blessed in the name of the LORD; we bless you from the House of the LORD.

May he who enters be blessed in the name of the LORD; we bless you from the House of the LORD.

The LORD is God; He has given us light; bind the festal offering to the horns of the

altar with cords.

The LORD is God; He has given us light; bind the festal offering to the horns of the

altar with cords.

אֵלִ֣י אַתָּ֣ה וְאוֹדֶ֑ךָּ אֱ֝לֹקַ֗י אֲרוֹמְמֶֽךָּ׃

אֵלִ֣י אַתָּ֣ה וְאוֹדֶ֑ךָּ אֱ֝לֹקַ֗י אֲרוֹמְמֶֽךָּ׃

הוֹד֣וּ לַיי כִּי־ט֑וֹב כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃

הוֹד֣וּ לַיי כִּי־ט֑וֹב כִּ֖י לְעוֹלָ֣ם חַסְדּֽוֹ׃

You are my God and I will praise You; You are my God and I will extol You.

You are my God and I will praise You; You are my God and I will extol You.

Praise the LORD for He is good, His steadfast love is eternal.

Praise the LORD for He is good, His steadfast love is eternal.

יְהַלְלוּךָ יי אֱלֹקֵינוּ עַל כָּל מַעֲשֶׂיךָ. וַחֲסִידֶיךָ צַדִּיקִים עוֹשֵׂי רְצוֹנֶךָ. וְכָל עַמְּךָ בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל. בְּרִנָּה יוֹדוּ וִיבָרְכוּ וִישַׁבְּחוּ וִיפָאֲרוּ וִישׁוֹרְרוּ וִירוֹמְמוּ וְיַעֲרִיצוּ וְיַקְדִּישׁוּ וְיַמְלִיכוּ אֶת שִׁמְךָ מַלְכֵּנוּ תָּמִיד. כִּי לְךָ טוֹב לְהוֹדוֹת. וּלְשִׁמְךָ נָּאֶה לְזַמֵּר. כִּי מֵעוֹלָם וְעַד עוֹלָם אַתָּה אֵל: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי מֶלֶךְ מְהֻלָּל בַּתִּשְׁבָּחוֹת:

All of your works shall praise You, Lord our God, and your pious ones, the righteous ones who do Your will; and all of Your people, the House of Israel will thank and bless in joyful song: and extol and glorify, and exalt and acclaim, and sanctify and coronate Your name, our King. Since, You it is good to thank, and to Your name it is pleasant to sing, since from always and forever are you the Power. Blessed are You, a king who is glorified with praise.

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