Hallel for the Hostages

Since Covid, reciting the festival Hallel — Psalms 113-118 — in times of distress has been a recurrent theme in my work, which first resulted in “Hallel in a Minor Key,” a liturgy with music by Sue Radner Horowitz. The idea for “Hallel for the Hostages” was inspired during the recitation of Hallel on Shavuot yesterday.

Hallel for the Hostages
Today, we sing Hallel
As a demand.
Our pleas without please.

Redeem them, O Redeemer.
Protect them, O Protector.
Hear our voices.
Bless us and save us.
Bless them and save them.
Remember us all.
So that our praises
To You
Have not been sung
In vain.

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