Presumably Briskers generally daven nusach Ashkenaz. Is there a particular siddur associated with Brisk, perhaps with haskomos from Brisker roshei yeshivos?

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    Maybe nusach HaGra
    – sam
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 12:58
  • There are siddurim with haskamot? I'm not sure that I've ever seen such a thing.
    – Shimon bM
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 7:06
  • I think in general, the whole idea of special siddurim, with odd features that distinguish them from others, the use of which identifies you as part of a certain group--is a chasidic thing. People in 'the yeshiva world' are usually not into that sort of thing.
    – paquda
    Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 16:49
  • @paquda that sounds right, but what about the variations in Ashkenaz siddurim, then? Just not a big deal?
    – yoel
    Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 17:47
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    @yoel, yes--my impression is it's not a big deal. The variations don't have halakhic significance, i.e., you fulfill your obligation either way. So for people whose framework is halakhah and gemara, these things aren't important. For hasidim, who are interested in preserving minhagim of their rebbes and in trying to be 'correct' kabbalistically, differences in wording can seem important.
    – paquda
    Commented Oct 2, 2013 at 22:46

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I studied in Brisk in Yerushalyim and what I saw from my Rosh Yeshiva and his family was that they use regular ashkenazi siddurim but by heart they incorporate their own nuschaos and minhagim (ie. most often following the Gr"a, for example, ommitting נא in the blessing of rachem in bentching. Also ברחמיו in Bonei Yerushalayim is omitted. However, they don't follow every addition/subtraction of the Gr"a. For example, they do not add a חתימת הברכה for Modim Derabanan or add נחם in place of רחם in Shabbos Bentching.

In summation there is no officially sanctioned siddur that is used by Briskers, rather the Mesora they have is incorporated when reciting it.

  • do you remember if they say Kir'useih (and not Chir'seih) in kaddish ? and do they ommit veyithalal in kaddish ? both are based on the Gra (maaseh rav)
    – Frank
    Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 14:04
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    @Frank i absolutely don’t remember Commented Jun 16, 2020 at 14:05

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