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Questions tagged [nusach-ashkenaz]

Questions related to the Nusach, or liturgical choices, related to Ashkenazim and their practices. Can also specifically refer to the Nusach of the German Jews (Ashkenaz) as opposed to Nusach Polin (Polish Nusach) which, confusingly, is commonly called Nusach Ashkenaz.

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Kaddish after 'Aleinu?

The Rem"a notes that קדיש יתום should be recited after 'Aleinu (O"Ch 132:[סע׳ ?]), however it appears that most authorities require at least three pesukim to precede ק"י (per a comment Double AA once ...
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Chabad nusach for Birkat Hamazon

I noticed that in the last part of Birkat Hamazon, at the level of the pesukim יראו את ה' קדושיו ... יְראוּ אֶת יְיָ קְדֹשָׁיו, כִּי אֵין מַחְסוֹר לִירֵאָיו. כְּפִירִים רָשׁוּ וְרָעֵבוּ, וְדֹרְשֵׁי ...
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Understanding the cantillation of Bereshit 5:29 [duplicate]

In Bereshit 5:29 it states וַיִּקְרָ֧א אֶת־שְׁמ֛וֹ נֹ֖חַ לֵאמֹ֑ר זֶ֠ה יְנַחֲמֵ֤נוּ In every chumash I have seen the word זה has 2 cantillation marks on it a telisha and a gershayim (according to the ...
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The Aliyot in Parshat Bereisheet

According to the Hertz (Soncino Press) chumash, the aliyot for Bereisheet are (excuse my poor formatting) Aliyah...…. begins at 2...…………..1:14 3...………….1:24 4...…………..2:4 5...…………..3:22 6......
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Torah service on Hoshana Rabba

My old Ashkenazi machzor says that the Torah scroll should be removed from the Ark on Hoshana Rabba just as on the Shabbat. Nevertheless, I find a few points unclear, while I make some reasonable ...
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The tamid as well as the tamid in Rosh Hashana Musaf?

In the musaf amida of Rosh Hashana, at least in Nusach Ashkenaz, the list of the day's offerings concludes with the following two lines. ומנחתם ונסכיהם כמדבר שלשה עשרנים לפר ושני עשרנים לאיל ועשרון ...
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Is a Minhag for a Baal Teshuva considered a Neder? [duplicate]

A Baal Teshuva that comes from an Ashkenazi family, became observant thru a Chabad house, with no understanding of different Nusachim and no intention to become a Lubavitcher, only to become more ...
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Difference in starting order of Psukei Dezimra

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 ...
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Why do Ashkenazim recite both “ahavah rabbah” and “ahavat olam” but Sephardim only the latter?

In the paragraph before Kriyat Shema, the Ashkenazic custom is to begin with the words "ahavah rabbah" by Shacharit, and with the words "ahavat olam" by Ma'ariv/Arvit. The Sephardic custom is to ...
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Why do yekkes say Shir Mizmor Le'Osof each morning?

There is a very old Minhag Ashkenaz (i.e. practiced by yekkes) that every day after Shacharis (or Musaf) one says Psalm 83 (Shir Mizmor LeOsof). I have done this for a long time, however I am yet to ...
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Touching the tefillin during Ashrei

Most Ashkenazi siddurim note that some have the custom of touching the arm and head tefillin (and then touching the fingertips to the lips) upon reciting the verse .פּוֹתֵחַ אֶת-יָדֶךָ; ...
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Hashem's Name in Hashiva Shofteinu

In the ברכה of השיבה שופטינו, all סידורים that I have seen (including really yekkish ones) have the words "אתה ה' לבדך", all סידורים that is, except the סידור הרוקח. The רוקח does not have Hashem's ...
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Differences between the Yom Kippur service Ashkenaz/Sefard

Follow up question of Differences between the Rosh HaShanah service Ashkenaz/Sefard. Besides the usual differences that differentiate between Nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard, such as the different order ...
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Differences between the Rosh HaShanah service Ashkenaz/Sefard

Besides the usual differences that differentiate between Nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard, such as the different order of Shacharis, extra words here and there, etc. are there any major differences between ...
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Sitting by kadosh in purpose? [duplicate]

I have seen this in sefardi shuls but I am not sure as to what the reasoning behind it is. By kaddish, (yasom, to be exact) the entire congregation sits down. Usually by Ashkenazic shuls it is ...
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What does Zayin Ayin VeNun mean in the Ashkenazi Yotzer for Shabbos Rosh Chodesh?

In the Ashkenazi Yotzer for Shabbos Rosh Chodesh, the the Paytan (Rabbeinu Binyomin ben Zerach) writes in the "nun" verse "וזיי''ן עיי''ן ןנו''ן פשוטה מכריעות לכלנה" What does this mean? See here
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Why not cease מוריד הגשם at שחרית according to רמ״א?

The rabbi spoke today during prayer services and made the following points (inter alia; and I've no citations for most of them): The time to cease saying "מוריד הגשם" and start saying "מוריד הטל" is ...
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L'dor Vador or Atah Kadosh in a heicha kedusha? [duplicate]

In a nusach Ashkenaz heicha kedusha, does the chazzan finish kedusha with l'dor vador or atah kadosh? To be clear, I'm asking about the chazzan, when lechatchila doing a heicha kedusha. Not about an ...
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Noam Elimelech davened nusach Ashkanaz

I remember a learning from a certain version of the Noam Elimelech and in the back of the sefer there were letters and other miscellaneous topics. One of the letters was the about the Noam Elimelech ...
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Is there a dagesh in this ב in מתרצה ברחמים from tachanun?

in Tachanun after nefilas apayim when it says "mitratzeh b'rachamim," in the older artscroll siddurim it has a "vet" so "vrachamim," but in the new siddur it has "b'rachamim" with a "beis." which is ...
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What does “give a blessing on the face of the earth” mean?

The ninth blessing of the weekday Amida as recited between Pesach and the rainy season contains, in some traditions, the phrase: ותן ברכה על פני האדמה and give a blessing on the face of the earth ...
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Where to find a Nusach Maharitz siddur?

Nusach Maharitz is the nusach used by Dushinsky Chassidim, and it blends elements from Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard almost equally, according to this Wikipedia article regarding N''S. I am ...
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A piyut refers to the converts: Keni, Na'aman, Ovadiah, Rachav, Na'amah and Ruth. How come?

There is an old Minhag Ashkenaz to sing a piyut by R' Avigdor Kra called Echad Yachid Umeyuchad in honour of a chasan being called to the Torah. The piyut is an acrostic which spells out אביגדור קרא. ...
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“People who recite Ashrei many times”: a question on Tosafot

In Berakhot 32b, Tosafot (s.v. קודם תפילתו) provide a reason as to why we start Ashrei with Psalm 84:5. In their words, it's "לאפוקי מנהו דאמרי אשרי הרבה", which either means to exclude or to exempt ...
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If Psalm 27 was said during Ma'ariv and Shachrit, should it be said during Mincha, also?

I see that Psalm 27 is said twice daily. But the tefillot during which it is said differ: Nusach Ashkenaz says Psalm 27 during Ma'ariv while Nusach Sefard does not. Both Nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard ...
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Leshabeichacha and loseis/latet shevach

Towards the beginning of the נוסח אשכנז version of davening, in the section beginning לעולם יהא אדם ירא שמים, we say as follows: לפיכך אנחנו חייבים להודות לך ולשבחך ולפארך ולברך ולקדש ולתת שבח ...
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Does anyone know a siddur containing yotzrot (Ashkenaz or Sefard, preferably in print)?

In my shul there are some very ancient siddurim containing extended yotzrot for various chagim and shabbatot (e.g. chol hamoed, chanukah, shekalim, parah, hachodesh, hagadol, bereishit, each shabbat ...
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Western Ashkenazi Siddur?

Does anyone know where I can find an authoritative Yekkish siddur? I found a siddur Sefas Yisroel on open siddur, but I am unsure it's accurate — meaning one that accurately reflects the nusach of the ...
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How to ordering Tsidkatecha, Vetsidkatecha, Tsidkatecha [duplicate]

I see a beautiful post about initials צו"צ and I am wondering: in Sfard nussach and in Ashkenaz, the verses are in different orders (but in Chassidic minhagim (perhaps d/t difference between Polish ...
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What's the difference between sim shalom and shalom rav?

What's the difference between sim shalom and shalom rav? Why replace sim shalom at mincha and maariv?
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Ata Honantanu in nussach Sfard [duplicate]

In Nussah sfard the text is אַתָּה חוֹנַנְתָּנוּ ה' אֱלֹקינוּ לְמַדַּע תּוֹרָתֶךָ. וַתְּלַמְּדֵנוּ לַעֲשׂוֹת בָּהֶם חֻקֵּי רְצוֹנֶךָ in Nussach Ashkenaz: אַתָּה חוֹנַנְתָּנוּ יְהֹוָה ...
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Chazan's Recitation of Shmona Esrei - Nusach Ashkenaz

In nusach Ashkenaz, the chazzan's repetition of Shmona Esrei skips the paragraph beginning with "אתה קדוש ושמך קדוש", and connects the qedusha with the following brakha ("אתה חונן לאדם דעת") by means ...
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Complete print Machzor Vitry

I was looking through Seforim Center the other day and found a partial edition (volumes 1&2 here and and a third on the same site) of the Machzor Vitry. Is there a complete print (or digital) ...
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Re-tying Arizal tefillin with Ashkenazi knots

If my tefillin are Nusach Ari, and I'm Ashkenazi, can I re-tie the knots and make the tefillin look Ashkenazi? (Such as re-tying the Shel Yad knot to have the loop closer to you, and re-tying the Shel ...
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Gerer Chassidishe Minhagim

For Gerer Chassidim (Polish Chassidishe Dynasty), what minhagim do they follow concerning these things: Tefillin Do they use Ashkenazi, Sephardic, or nusach Ari? Do they wind the retzuos inward or ...
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Why do Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard have different ways of winding the arm tefillin? [duplicate]

I hope that I have the description correct, here: Nusach Ashkenaz winds the arm tefillin toward the body, while Nusach Sefard winds it away from the body. What is the origin of this difference, and ...
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Who composed this common melody for Shema' in the Musaf Kedushah (n. Ashkenaz)?

Who composed the melody for the Hu Elokeinu part of the Shema' section of Kedushah recited at Musaf on Shabbath and Yom Tov, which is demonstrated in this recording (at about the 6:19 mark)?
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Davening in shul with different nusach [duplicate]

If person davens in a shul with other nusach. E.g. a nusach-ashkenaz-guy goes to a nusach-sefard-shul and in order not to get confused he wants to daven with the Tzibbur as much as possible. What ...
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Difference in Kedusha of Shemoneh Esrei between Nusach Ashkanaz and Nusach Sephard

During Chazaras HaShatz of Shemoneh Esrei the beginning of "Kedusha" is different in Nusach Ashkanaz than it is in Nusach Sephard. What is the reason for the difference and where does each nusach come ...
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Why no Kaddish yatom after alainu in siddur tefillo sfas yisrael, Shabbas Mincha?

Here is the whole of Siddur Tefilla Sfas Yisrael http://opensiddur.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Tefiloh-Sefas-Yisroel-Open-Siddur.pdf On Page 212 Shabbat Mincha, Alainu It has the end of Alainu -...
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Should you lean your head while reciting the section after nefillat apayim in the M/Th Tachanun?

On Mondays and Thursday, we add a section after nefillat apayim, but before shomer yisrael -- it is a quasi villanelle with the repeated line "Hashem elokei yisrael, shuv mecharon apecha v'hinachem al ...
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Should Ashkenazim say 'מוריד הטל' in Israel?

The Rema (114:3) brings the Tur who says that Ashkenazim do not say 'מוריד הטל' in the amidah: "Us, the Ashkenazim, do not commemorate the 'טל' [i.e. say 'מוריד הטל'], not in the summer days nor ...
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Origin of responses for Kaddish

I have noticed in some siddurim that there are pesukim interspersed before kaddish and between sections from תתקבַל onwards. For those unaware of this practice, it may be found on pg. 58 of this ...
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Origin for different styles in splitting up El Adon and Lecha Dodi

In most Nusach Ashkenaz shuls that I have attended, the congregation and chazzan sing Lecha Dodi and Kel Adon together. In most Hassidic minyanim (they are Nusach Sefard. I say "Hassidic" since the ...
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Text of Borei Nefashos

It seems that, at least for Ashkenazim, the proponderance of poskim prefer "al kol mah sheBARA" over "sheBARASA" (or sheBARATA) and yet sheBARASA has become more common. Can anyone explain how this ...
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Phraseology in Shmone Esrei for Shabbos Mincha

In the paragraph starting אתה אחד, the ideas being conveyed are all praise to Hashem about His uniqueness, Am Yisroel and Shabbos. It ends off however with a request. יכירו בניך וידעו כי מאתך ...
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Saying Borchu Second Time Ma'ariv Nusach Ashkenaz

In a Nusach Ashkenaz minyan/shul, there are certain individuals who (not infrequently) arrive late for Ma'ariv, and therefore miss Borchu at the beginning. Certain of these people have some kind of ...
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Kaddish - d'chol yisrael vs d'chol beit yisrael

I have recently become aware of a Nusach difference in Kaddish. In the pasuk starting Titkabel I have noticed that people davening Nusach Ashkenaz are very particular to say d'chol yisrael and not d'...
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Nusach Askenaz in siyum kaddish - vayatzmach purkanei?

I've noticed that the kaddish printed in most editions of the gemara and mishnayos includes ויצמח פורקניה ויקרב משיחיה (vayatzmach purkanei vikareiv meshichei), without annotations such as "nusach ...
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Standard Orthodox Siddur in France

I was in France over the summer. On Shabbat, I decided to go to the nearest schul, Ohel Avraham, a 5-minute walk from where I was staying. I realised there that the siddur they were using was very ...