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Two stories explaining why the Alter Rebbe included V'shomru in his siddur: R' Avraham Chaim Na'ah, in his sefer Piskei Hasidur (paragraph 128), brings a story Chassidim would tell. Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev once asked the Alter Rebbe why his custom is not to say V'shomru, if it makes such a "יריד"‬ (usually translated as fair, or parade) in heaven. The ...


From Lessons In Tanya, Iggeres Hateshuvah, ch. 7: There are two distinct states of Divine compassion, indicated by the terms “Merciful Father” and “Father of Mercy”. The former term (אב הרחמן) merely signifies that G‑d possesses the attribute, or middah, of mercy — and since middah means not only “attribute” but also “measure”, it refers to a ...


Dayan Raskin, in his notes to the Rav's Siddur, explains that Raaya Meheimna speaks of 72 motions total (18 for נטילת לולב and 54 in Hallel), while Arizal says to do 72 in Hallel alone. So the compromise is to consider R.M. as talking about where you do נטילת לולב right before Hallel, and then its 18 wavings count along with the ones in Hallel; while Arizal ...


The idea is that there should be four shakings in shul. If he said the bracha at home in the sukkah then that is seperate and doesn't count as one of the four. However, if he said the bracha in shul or in the sukkah in shul then that counts as one of the four and he only does three in Hallel (omitting the shaking during the repitition of Ana). I assume there ...


The Koren Sacks Siddur is Nusach Sepharad, that is to say, the "Spanish-Portuguese" rite. Nusach Sefard is a variant similar to Ari which bears more similarity to Edot HaMizrach and Ashkenaz to Sepharad. The main differentiating point between Sepharad and Sefard is in Kabbalat Shabbat; in Sepharad, Bameh Madlikin is said, whereas in Sefard, and by extension ...


The Siddur of the Alter Rebbe writes: "Minhag Sefarad: Any day on which Tachanun isn't said, Lamnatzeyach and Tefilla LeDovid aren't said either. For example, the whole month of Nissan, Peisach Sheini ... or any day on which their is a Bris in the Shul, or a Chosson for the [seven] days of partying" (emphasis mine). These aren't calendrical days.


I'm not sure about Chabad, but Sepharadim either include all of the following or omit all of the following. They never say only some of them: Psalm 20 Psalm 86 Tachanun Two other parts of the service have the exact same conditions on when they are said as the above three parts, with the added factor that they are only said on certain days of the week. ...


There may be a source for 2 different piel imperatives: In Mishlei 27:11- חֲכַם בְּנִי וְשַׂמַּח לִבִּי In Tehilim 86:4 - שַׂמֵּחַ נֶפֶשׁ עַבְדֶּךָ As far as the double-verb form, the only source I have seen is Yimiyahu 20:15 - אָרוּר הָאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר בִּשַּׂר אֶת-אָבִי לֵאמֹר יֻלַּד-לְךָ בֵּן זָכָר שַׂמֵּחַ שִׂמְּחָהוּ But since there seem to be 2 ...


Chabad's Siddur Rabbeinu HaZaken has an explanation and comparison on a footnote in Sheva Berachot. The explanation seems to be related to the sephirot of the nikudot, which I know practically nothing about.


According to Siddur Rabbeinu Hazakein, the Lubavitcher Rebbe would wait until after Kaddish was over, right before Shemoneh Esrei. However during the years תש״נ ־ תנש״א / 1990 - 1991 Kaddish would not start until after the Sefer Torah was already put back in the Aron, so yehalelu was said before kaddish. As regards actual practice, every Lubavitcher minyan ...


I suggest you ask Chabad. They may well have a recording, and if not, there may be someone willing to record it.


I've always seen people saying it right after the end of kaddish, before taking the steps back for the Amidah.

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