Using an Israeli sidur (prayer book) nusach Ashk'naz recently, I saw that it had "Sim shalom" for mincha of Shabas (including Shabas yom tov, but not weekday yom tov), even though it had "Shalom rav" for mincha usually.

Why would Shabas differ from other days in this regard?


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According to Sefer HaKushyos and other sources the reason is because the Torah is read by Shabbos Mincha. Although, this answer still requires further clarification. See https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B1NJHmIXg4QJZEQ2Rk04MkJUN3loRHN6Z1RWX3pQQQ

Although regular Nusach Ashkenaz doesn't do this, the Vilna Gaon was of the opinion to do so which is why the custom is to do this in Israel.

  • An expert on nuschaos (whose name escapes me now) answered me on this question that there are various alternative versions (like sim sholom & sholom rov and retzei & vesairoaiv (the one we say before duchaning on Yom Tov)) which are basically interchangeable. Changing between them, he said, is not a major concern! Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 20:59

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