al hanisim

Alternative Spellings

al ha-nisim, al hannisim, al hanissim, al ha-nissim, al hannissim

Definitions

  • A one-paragraph prayer added to the Amida on Chanukah and Purim.

Example Sentences

  • "Since Al Hanisim serves as an expression of thanksgiving, it is most fitting that it is placed into the benediction called Hoda’ah (“Thanksgiving”)." (https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/al-hanisim-concerning-the-miracles/)
  • "...and remember to add Al ha-Nisim for Purim." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

על הניסים Al HaNisim 'and due to the miracles...'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

Some more-liberal Zionist groups have written an Al HaNisim for Yom Ha'atsma'ut, Israeli Independence Day.

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