Questions about the various prayer books used by Jews, and the prayers contained therein.

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ה׳ מלך for Rosh Hashanah Day Two

During the repetition of the Amidah for both days of Rosh Hashanah, most Ashkenazi communities recite piyutim entitled ה׳ מלך. On the first day, the format is relatively simple, being arranged in a ...
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What are the origins of the “Prayer For Livelihood”

The Complete Artscroll Siddur has a section after Shacharis entitled "Readings Following Shacharis" which concludes with two sub-sections: Prayer For Livelihood (two paragraphs) and After Prayer ...
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Copy/Pastable Machzor

I've been looking for some time without success for a simple computer text copy of the machzorim for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. However, despite my inability to locate such a resource, I am not ...
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Is there a book or online source that discusses the history of “U.S. / Canadian use” Siddurim?

I am fascinated when I view old and even current Siddurim used in shuls in U.S. It seems that as demographics changed, new Siddurim were designed to cater to this. For example, the 1st English ...
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What is the source of the 'elu devarim' text printed in siddurim?

The girsa of the 'elu devarim' text that appears in many siddurim after birkot hatorah cannot be sourced, so far as I can tell, to any particular rabbinic text. Here's the version that appears in ...
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How is davening from an app allowed? [duplicate]

I don't use an app as a sidur ever so maybe there is something thing obviously wrong with my question, but how can an app be used if it has Hashem's name?? - aren't you erasing His name when you ...
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What does דיבור מצרית refer to?

In the chazzan's repetition of the Shacharis amida for the first morning of Shevuos, there is a supplication which reads: אז בכתב אשורית, ובלשון עברית, ובדיבור מצרית, הנחלת לבת עברית וכו׳. What do ...
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Is a ש after a holam always a “shin” and never a “sin”?

In some siddurim that are printed in certain Hebrew fonts, you will find words such as משה (Moshe) or חשך (darkness) that do not print with two nekudot. The most explicit way to point these words ...
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Is the phrase הקדוש ברוך הוא gramatically incorrect?

Based on the answer to this M.Y. question, stating that קדוש is an adjective, wouldn't the expression הקדוש ברוך הוא be grammatically incorrect? Shouldn't it be הקודש ברוך הוא , since קודש is a noun? ...
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Are there interlinear translations of the siddur other than by Artscroll?

The Artscroll interlinear siddur occassionally offers an unexpected translation. Are there other, similar (word-by-word, not phrase by phrase) translations of the siddur (into English)?
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3 steps forward after Shmona Esrei of Maariv

Is one required to take 3 steps forward after finishing Shmona Esrei/Ammida of Arvit after he has taken the 3 steps backwards?
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Textual difference between Psukei DeZimra and Psalms 96

What is the origin of the custom to recite in pesukai dezimra יעלוץ השדה וכל אשר בו instead of יעלוז שדי וכל אשר בו which we are familiar with from Kabbalas Shabbos (psalm 96)?
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Who & When composed the prayer said prior to calling the Kohain to the Torah?

In this question and answer Why are there different intro. prayers for calling the Kohen aliyah on Shabbat vs. weekday? there seems to be a question remaining as to when the prayers of ותגלה ותראה ...
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Which parts of Shacharit are skippable, optional, or not universally recited? [closed]

A newcomer to traditional Jewish prayer is often confused or overwhelmed by modern siddurim, in particular those of Artscroll, which contain a number of prayers that are required, and not said by most ...
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Why do we say pesukim from Hoshea after donning tefillin?

In the standard Artscroll Ashkenazik siddur, after wrapping the tefillin around one's fingers it says to say the following pesukim from Hoshea 2:21-22 וְאֵרַשְׂתִּיךְ לִי, לְעוֹלָם; ...
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Explicit shaimos printed in prayer books

The gemara in Shabbos 115b cites a Tosefta seemingly condemning those who publish prayer-books (and amulets) with G-d's name: "...מכאן אמרו כותבי ברכות כשורפי תורה". Nonetheless, it is common practice ...
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Handwritten Siddurim

I've seen assorted links on the net discussing handwritten siddurim, which brought up a number of questions, which I will ask here. Are there any halachot in regards to handwriting a siddur? In ...
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Seeking scholarly siddur with sources

Is there a well-sourced, scholarly siddur/work on the siddur/website that discusses the origins of the various prayers? Where can I find it?
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Sacks Minhag Anglia Machzorim

If you look in the Koren catalogue or Amazon.co.uk, you will notice that there is a British edition of the Koren Sacks machzorim. I have been wondering about these editions, in my pursuit of whether ...
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Standard Order for Siddur Printing

I have noticed over the years that the order of the pagination of siddurim seems somewhat standard. For example: Birchot Hashachar Shacharit (chol) Minchah (or page list for tefillot minchah) ...
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Where online can I find the oldest Sidur?

I am looking for the oldest sidur you can find and read online. I mean a scanned version of course. If possible before 1000 Modern Era. Ps: I am not looking for something in a museum since I want to ...
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How do you pronounce numbers 248, 365, and 613 in the siddur?

In the meditations before putting on the tallit and tefillin in the morning, there are three numbers — 248, 365, and three instances of 613. They’re written out in standard Hebrew letter notation in ...
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Nusach Ashkenaz in Israel and Abroad

Over the years, I've noticed a number of differences between Ashkenaz siddurim published in Israel and those published outside of Israel. These differences include (but are not limited to): Order of ...
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What in a siddur can be changed?

There are many different editions of siddurim with many commonalities but also many differences, see here for discussion on MY. Also different communities use different siddurim to match their ...
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Different endings of Yishtabach

I have heard at least four nuschaos (liturgies) for the very end of Yishtabach between habocheir b'shirei zimrah (who chooses musical songs of praise) and chai/chei* haolamim (life/life-giver of the ...
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Obfuscation of Mei Raglayim in translation

I have noticed that many siddurim and machzorim render the term מי רגלים (in the recitation of the k'tores recipe) as "mei raglayim" rather than translating it to its actual definition, urine. ...
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Is highlighting text and writing in the siddur OK?

I want to highlight parts of the prayers where the congregation responds and where the chazzan speaks so I can better follow the service, as well as write in some notes about the prayer order, etc. ...
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Where can I find an Android siddur with adjustable font size?

I've searched for a siddur app for my Android phone and have seen this question, but so far I haven't found one that will let me increase the font size (including Tfilon, recommended there). Ideally ...
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Should I close my eyes for the shmona esrei or look in the siddur?

I was taught to look in the siddur when davening. But the answer here suggests that some authorities prefer to close their eyes during the amida. What are sources for all opinions on this matter?
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Nusach of the Satmar Siddur

Many chassidussim use their own nuschaot, typically based on Nusach haAri or the so-called Nusach Sefard. For example, Sudilkover Chassidim use their own variant, as discussed in this blog post. ...
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Where can I find a machzor for people who aren't fluent in prayer?

My Reform congregation is currently considering buying the forthcoming Mishkan Hanefesh machzor. I've reviewed (and led services from) drafts of this publication and, while it is an improvement over ...
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Standard Orthodox Siddur in France

I was in France over the summer. On Shabbat, I decided to go to the nearest schul, Ohel Avraham, a 5-minute walk from where I was staying. I realised there that the siddur they were using was very ...
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Vien siddur (oberlander)

does anybody know what siddur they use in the Viener shul in boro park today? I realize that there is no specific Oberlander siddur out today and I'd like to get as close as possible. thnaks
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What siddur do Open Orthodox people use?

Do followers of Avraham Weiss’s Open Orthodoxy have their own siddur or use someone else’s? I’d be curious about any ways their liturgy might differ from the mainstream.
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Why does the Machzor Rabba sometimes have an א at the bottom of the page?

My Machzor Rabba, nusach Ashkenaz, sometimes prints a dot, and sometimes an א at the bottom of the page. Anyone know why? I've included pictures of a double page with two dots, one with two alephs, ...
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Chabad Houses singing Yedid Nefesh before Kabalash Shabbos

In the Nusach Ari used by Chabad, Yedid Nefesh appears as a continuation of Pasach Eliyahu to be said before Mincha. The standard print of the Tehilas Hashem siddur explicitly instructs to say it ...
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Koren Machzor and Shochen Ad

Last year I started using the Koren machzorim and I realized that the Ashkenaz editions use the wrong Shochen Ad. In most other machzorim, the section "B'fi Yisharim" forms acrostics of the names of ...
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“Uvesorascha kasuv lemor shema Yisrael…” before Yishtabach

Some siddurim have the following phrase in between "ושמו אחד" and "ישתבח": ובתורתך כתוב לאמר שמע ישראל ה׳ אלקינו ה׳ אחד "And in Your Torah it is written to say Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem ...
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Why haven't I seen the Havinenu prayer in Sidurs?

I was reviewing recently Rambam's laws of prayers and ran across this ( הלכות תפילה פרק ב,ב ): בכל תפילה משלוש תפילות אלו שבכל יום, מתפלל אדם תשע עשרה ברכות אלו על הסדר. במה דברים אמורים, ...
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Recommendation for good “complete siddur” (siddur shalem)

Friends, I am looking for a pocket-sized complete siddur (one that has weekday, Shabbat, holiday and High Holy Day prayers), and I am having trouble finding one. Complete siddurim seem to be hard to ...
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How does a Braille siddur work?

A member of our minyan has a degenerative vision problem and has, for a time, been using a home-made very-large-print siddur. After an absence, she returned this Shabbat with a guide dog and said she ...
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Akeidah and Ketoret

The earliest siddur I own (London, 5569 [18808-09]) does not include Ketoret or Akeidah, despite purporting to follow the customs of the "German and Polish" communities [emphasis mine]. Since most of ...
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Adler Machzor still in print?

Is it still possible to find new printings of the Adler machzorim, in particular those for the three festivals (Chag hamatzot, chag hashavuot, v'chag hasukkot [Re'eh maftir, forget actual citation])?
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Sephardi (Spanish-Portuguese) siddur

Is there anywhere where I can find the text of the Spanish nusach online? I can find Sefard and Mizrachi siddurim, but from what I am aware, they vary quite strongly from the old Spanish-Portuguese ...
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Koren siddurim/machzorim for minyan

Does anyone know if there is someplace where a small start-up minyan can get schul sefarim,* preferably the Koren Sacks editions? We're putting together a yomim-noraim set-up and we are all fans of ...
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siddur(ashkenazi diaspora style) for android/google play store? (that gets weekday mincha 'shalom rav' right)

I tried two siddurim from the google play store. I'm looking for one for nusach ashkenaz. (diaspora).. One test to see if it's right or not wrong(given my requirement) is does it have "shalom rav" ...
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Are there any issues with buying a used Siddur?

I have found two Siddurim online that I would like to purchase. However, they are used. I am wondering if there is any issues with this.
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How Much Pesukei D'Zimrah is Customary for a Non-Minyan?

In attempting to gradually learn the traditional siddur I have slowly been increasing the amount I pray from the Pesukei D'Zimrah every few days with the belief that eventually I should pray the whole ...
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Feldheim's Sefer Piyutim

Feldheim used to publish a book with the piyutim added for shabbatot throughout the year, which I have heard referred to by such disparate names as "the blue book"*, Piyutim le-shabatot ha-shana ...
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Additions or exclusions of prayers in Siddurim

Someone just mentioned to me that there were differences of prayers in the Ashkenazic Siddur that are not in the Sefardic Siddur, without being specific. If this is true, could someone tell me which ...