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The order of the beginning of Puskei Dezimra (weekday Shacharit for purposes of this question, although the structure for Shabbat / Yom Tov is similar with additional Tehillim) differs between Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard

Nusach Ashkenaz:

  • Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit (Psalm 30)
  • Baruch She'amar
  • Hodu
  • Mizmor Letodah (Psalm 100)

Nusach Sefard:

  • Hodu
  • Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit (Psalm 30)
  • Baruch She'amar
  • Mizmor Letodah (Psalm 100)

Why the difference in the order?

  • It has to do with why you're saying hodu. According to sefard, the reason is because it was said by the Aron Hakodesh (see Kol Bo). According to Ashkenaz, it's part of pesukei dizimrah. – Ploni Feb 12 '18 at 23:17
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    Psalm 30 has only been said in some Ashkenzi rites for just over 200 years. It's really just an addendum to Hodu in Kabbalistic Sefardi rites. Some Ashkenazim copied the Sefardim but left the rest of Hodu later on. Go figure. – Double AA Feb 13 '18 at 0:31
  • Is hodu one of the shire David? – kouty Feb 13 '18 at 1:22
  • Abudarham did not say hodu – kouty Feb 13 '18 at 1:23
  • @kouty it's a song of assaf who served under David. Could very reasonably be considered just as Davidic as any other Psalm – Double AA Feb 13 '18 at 1:45
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According to Seder Olam Rabbah, the first fifteen verses of Hodu were recited during the morning korban tamid service, and the last fourteen verses were recited during the afternoon korban tamid service. According to Nusach Sefard, Hodu is to be recited right after Korbanos, due to its connection with the korban tamid service.

Nusach Ashkenaz doesn't reorder Pesukei D'zimrah because the text of Hodu is general praise, and matches the rest of the section of Pesukei D'zimrah.

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    What's your source for the difference between Nusach Askenaz and Nusach Sefard? – Ploni Feb 12 '18 at 23:35
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    I think this answer can be improved by defining what actually begins Psukei Dezimra. There seems to be an assumption that Baruch She'amar is the beginning. However, this bracha seems to be a much later addition to the tefilla, and is not mentioned in the Gemara. So, you may have to account for that fact. B"N, I'll add this detail to my question, later. – DanF Feb 12 '18 at 23:49
  • This is almost a straight quote from the Artscroll siddur. @Ploni – Heshy Feb 13 '18 at 0:48
  • So why doesn't Psalm 30 also get pushed till after BSh like Hodu or the rest of the Psalms on Shabbat which match the general theme? (Don't look too hard; there is no good answer.) – Double AA Feb 13 '18 at 1:03
  • @Heshy Believe it or not, I didn't get it from the ArtScroll. :) Just took a peek in and saw how similar it is. – ezra Feb 13 '18 at 1:36

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