Some siddurim have a few opening pages of addendums like how to put on tefillin. I noticed that the Nusach Ari siddur has a page of alef-beis and nekudos, plus a page of letters combined with nekudos. Is this simply an easy way to get a primer in a siddur, or is there another purpose?


I once saw Rabbi Shlomo Goldstein of Diaspora Yeshiva in Jerusalem using such a page in a siddur to show a student the difference between certain letters in the typeface used in that siddur, specifically between a samech and a final mem, and it seemed to me that that it was for this very purpose that these pages are included.

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