Hallelu-Yah: The Power of Praise!

Israel has a big culture of weekly Shabbat celebrations and blessings. It’s a time for family reunions and gatherings with loved ones, dining together, sharing and spending time together in fellowship. It’s also a time for praise. 

Praise in Hebrew is Hallel, which is what the word Hallelujah derives from. Our congregation was named Beit Hallel (House of Praise) as a way to honor God through praise in every aspect and area of our lives as believers. 

Hallelujah in hebrew is a command form of: “All of you, praise Yah(weh)!” 

Psalm 150:6 — “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”

It is the very last verse of the last Psalm, and it’s a call for universal praise.

In Hebrew there’s a great emphasis on the word praise (hallel): 

Kol ha-neshamah tehalel-Yah, hallelu-Yah!” 

״כֹּל הַנְּשָׁמָה תְּהַלֵּל יָהּ – הַלְלוּיָהּ

The very last part of that scripture is a command form: Praise the Lord! In Hebrew: Hallelu-Yah!  

Hallelujah is not an exclamation as much as it is a command for everything that has breath, to praise the Lord. 

As this new Shabbat enters, we want to pray for you and your loved ones from the Land of Israel, may your Shabbat be filled with the Lord’s praise, the kind that changes our lives. 

Whatever it is we are going through, whatever our circumstances are, we never run out of reasons to praise the Lord. 

We pray for YOU, dear friend, and we release God’s blessing on you this Shabbat. May YOU walk in God’s glory, light and joy which is also our strength. We pray the Lord helps YOU in whatever you are going through to always Hallelu-Yah, — to praise the Lord.