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I am a Yekke and am unsure about some of the customs such as a good Siddur to use (My Rabbi is Chassidish so I use Nusach Sfard) and also a Tallit Gadol. I'd prefer to use the Tallit that is all white. Is there a mesorah in this?

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    Conversations have lead me to understand that the minhag is to wear white stripes only on high holidays, though this minhag may have fallen out of practice. FWIW I always wear black stripes. In regards to the siddur: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/71298/…
    – wolf_math
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 3:41
  • One should be careful about changing one's minhagim. If you do not have a strong mesorah concerning your status as a Jecke, it might be best to follow the minhagim of your rabbi or community. On a side note, Nusach Sfard is not relevant to Jeckes, as it contains many kabbalistic additions and piyutim according to the Arizal. Since a majority of Jeckishe rabbonim rejected the Zohar in general, a Jecke shouldn't daven Sfard unless he rejects his other Jeckishe minhagim. As with any case, it's always best to CYLOR.
    – ezra
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 5:07
  • Yisroel, you may be interested in our other questions concerning Jeckes and their minhagim.
    – ezra
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 5:12

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I'm a Jekke, so I think I can answer this from communal experience. Most Jekkes now use black-striped tallisaus during the year (only married men wear white stripes, and only then during Yomim Noroim). Historically, light blue stripes were common, as can be seen in Moritz Oppenheim's paintings, although this is no longer the case, as above. I personally wear a Belzer-style tallis with midnight blue stripes, altho

The best siddur for Jekkes to use these days is R' Rallis Wiesenthal's Tefiloh Sefas Yisroel, which is edited following Rishonic and early Acharonic German siddurim. Nusach Sfard is not appropriate, as it doesn't adhere to our Rishonim.

A final note, our poskim are incredibly strict in opposing the usage of "oy" for the חוֹלם vowel. There's an article in the siddur I linked which discusses this.

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  • I heard that green stripes were also once used on the tallisos gedolos in Jeckishe kehillos back in the day. Is that true?
    – ezra
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 5:08
  • @ezra, it's possible, although I've never seen a green-striped tallis from before the late 20th century. Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 5:11
  • Some Jekkes pronounce the חולם as an "ow".
    – wolf_math
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 12:57
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    @NoachMiFrankfurt I didn't mean to imply that it was problematic ;)
    – wolf_math
    Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 15:39
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    @NoachMiFrankfurt The article in the back of the siddur (You have to scroll past the first 414 or so pages to get there.) you link to is great. Everyone should make the effort to check it out. It's very informative. Commented Jul 6, 2017 at 16:52

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