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Hallel on Rosh Chodesh:Answer

I searched and found that Rav Yitzchak Zev Soloveichik answered as follows: Lighting the Menorah on Chanuka is inherently a mitzva and not a minhag. Just in the context of a shul it is merely a minhag. But "b├Żesodo" it is a mitzva. Hence a bracha is in order.

In contrast, there is no basis "in mitzva" at all to make a bracha on Hallel on Rosh Chodesh. It is purely minhag. Hence a bracha is not called for.

See the sefer "Ner Ish Ubeiso" for more explanation.

Although it has basis in halacha, kiddush in shul on friday night is still a bracha l'vatala. why does a d'orasa (shem hashem l'shav) get pushed away for a minhag?

Excellent question!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Many poskim deal with it and offer various answers. See a summary in Yalkut Yoseph Shabbos - chelek aleph.

[Incidentally, most poskim maintain that bracha l'vatala is assur midrabbanan. Rav Yaakov Chaim Sofer Shlita wrote an entire sefer to prove this point].

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