Wednesday, March 05, 2008


I was watching Jason Castro's breath-taking performance of Hallelujah on American Idol last night, on my notebook cos we don't get AI here, for the 10th time this morning when Sean turned to me and asked, What's Hallelujah?.

Hmm...I said I think it means Thank God, or Praise God.

He asked, "In what language?"

So I thought I should find out the origin and meaning of the word, and just log it down here.

Wikipedia says:

"Hallelujah, Halleluyah, or Alleluia, is a transliteration of the Hebrew word הַלְלוּיָהּ (Standard Halləluya, Tiberian Halləlûyāh) meaning "[Let us] praise (הַלְּלוּ) Yah (יָהּ)." It is found mainly in the book of Psalms and has a similar pronunciation in many, but not all, languages. The word is used in Judaism as part of the Hallel prayers, and in Christian praise. It has been accepted into the English language, but its Latin form Alleluia is used by many English-speaking Christians in preference to Hallelujah."

I know I'm a slobbering fool, but that performance makes me tear every time I watch it.

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