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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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Nusach of Jewish Renewal

Jewish Renewal was founded by Reb Zalman, who was formerly Chabad Lubavitch, which follows Nusach Ari. Is the nusach followed by Jewish Renewal derived from Nusach Ashkenaz, Nusach Sefard or Nusach ...
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Switching from בוֹ to בָהּ in Shabbat blessing

During Shabbat, it is a common Ashkenazi practice to say three different versions of the Retzei blessing – vah, vo and vam (Magein Avraham to Orach Chayim 268:3 citing Sheyarei Keneset haGedolah). But ...
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Why is צדקתך reversed for Ashkenazim and Sefardim?

After Shemoneh Esrei at Shabbos mincha we say צדקתך which consists of 3 pesukim. However the order of these pesukim for the Ashkenazim is the exact opposite order for the Sefardim. Why the difference? ...
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The bracha on Hallel and interruption during the Crusades

The correct bracha on real Hallel (as opposed to Rosh Chodesh and the end of Pesach) is לגמור את ההלל. The Maharam advised people to instead say לקרוא את ההלל because if you say לגמור and then miss a ...
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Origins of Ashkenazi Community

I saw a comment by mevaqesh: To summarize the thesis set forth by R. Dr. Soloveitchik and in collected Essays vol. II and elaborated on in vol. III, the Ashkenazic mesorah was founded by a group of ...
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Why is “נא” in parenthesis in birkas hamazon?

I bentch using a regular Ashkenaz bentcher. In most of them, the word after “Rachem” is Na but it’s in parenthesis. I think I’ve also seen the word omitted occasionally. I see the Shulchan Aruch 188:4 ...
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Kaddish Nusach Ashkenaz person waits for additions of Nusach Edos Hamizrach

A synagogue follows Nusach Ashkenaz (NA). For Kaddish Yosom, there are people who would normally daven Nusach Edos Hamizrach (NEM). The NA people stop their kaddish where necessary to let the NEM ...
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What is the difference between Yizkor and Eil Molei prayers?

Of course, they differ in text, but in terms of their meaning, they are exactly the same. In fact, these are stylistically different two versions of the same prayer. So can Eil Molei replace Yizkor ...
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Are Metsudah Siddurim permananently out of print?

I've websearched all over for both the weekday and the Shabbat linear Metsudah siddurim (nusach Ashkenaz). Jewish booksellers are out of stock or have only nusach Sefard. Used copies are expensive or ...
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Nusach Lita vs Polin

Generally siddurim for European Jewry are labeled nusach Ashkenaz or nusach Sefard. However, Selichos are often labeled nusach Lita or nusach Polin. My understanding is that Lita is Ashkenaz, and ...
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Comparison between Nusah Sfard (Ashkenazi) and Nusah Ashkenaz for regular days as well as Shabat

I would like to know if there is any source (such as table) that summarizes the differences along the Tefila in the Nusah Sfard (Ashkenazi) and Nusah Ashkenaz for regular days as well as Shabat?
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72 verses after morning prayer

I've been looking at early printed prayer books, and it caught my attention that many of them contain 72 verses (שבעים ושתים פסוקים) after Aleinu (see this Venice edition on p. 70 or this on p. 84, ...
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Reasons to say Psalm 30 before Barukh Sheamar

Many have discussed that in old prayer books Psalm 30 is not printed before Barukh Sheamar, and some have claimed that its addition in Nusach Ashkenaz to that point is probably a mistake, a possible ...
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Qriat Shema Al Hamita, mizmorim

In Gemara Shevuot 15b, they explain how is the process to extend the surface of Yerushalaim and its Qedusha. One of the things is to recite the Psalm 91 up to the word Machsi (see hagahot Hagra, see ...
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בְּצִלְצְלֵי שָׁמַע or בְצִלְצְלֵי שָׁמַע

in some siddurim the line in Tehillim 150 is written הַלְלוּהוּ בְּצִלְצְלֵי שָׁמַע. הַלְלוּהוּ בְּצִלְצְלֵי תְרוּעָה while in others it is written with a veis in the first "b'tziltzilei" ...
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Seder HaAvoda "Ata Konanta" in Nusach Ashkenaz

Which Nusach Ashkenaz communities/shuls say in Mussaf Yom Kippur the Seder HaAvoda that starts with "Ata Konantah"? The standard Seder haAvodah in Nusach Ashekenaz is the piyut Amitz Koach. ...
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How did the mesorah for how to put on tefillin change? [duplicate]

I understand that there are many differences in customs between Ashkenazi and Sefardi Jews, since they follow the rulings of the sages from their own communities. The differences in pronunciation (...
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Psalms after the evening prayer

The other day I was discussing with a friend the daily recital of Psalm 83 after the morning prayer, when this friend told me that it was also said after the evening prayer if it was said early,* and ...
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קָמָץ vs. קָמַץ in Ashkenazi pronunciation

All Ashkenazi readers/minhagim/etc. I've seen call this vowel קָמַץ, while there is considerable variation on whether the second syllables of the other vowel names (except for סֶגּוֹל, though there is ...
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Ashkenazic vs Sephardic Kaddish

1 - The Sephardic Kaddish has this extra line near the beginning: וְיַצְמַח פֻּרְקָנֵהּ וִיקָרֵב מְשִׁיחֵהּ -- May His salvation blossom and His Messiah be near. The Ashkenazic Kaddish omits ...
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Explain "En K-elo-heinu" for Nusach Ashkenaz in Israel

I hope that my memory regarding Nusach Ashkenaz as practiced in Israel is correct, here. For Nusach Ashkenaz, one of the main differences between Israel and the diaspora that I recall is including En ...
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Text of Birkat Hachodesh

In the standard Ashkenazi version of the siddur, we have in the birkat hachodesh: שֶׁתְּחַדֵּשׁ עָלֵינוּ אֶת הַחדֶשׁ הַזֶּה לְטובָה וְלִבְרָכָה. וְתִתֶּן לָנוּ...חַיִּים שֶׁאֵין בָּהֶם בּוּשָׁה ...
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Why is there a difference in placement of the prayer "Avinu Malkeinu"?

Nusach Ashkenaz places the prayer Avinu Malkeinu immediately after the repetition of the Amidah while Nusach Sefard places it in the middle of Tachanun (between the first paragraph Vayomer David and ...
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Shuls that say Hungarian Selichos?

Are there any shuls (I'm preferably looking for shuls in Yerushalayim) that say the Hungarian(/Bohemian/Moravian/Silesian) selichos for the Yemei HaSelichos? (This is the selichos that is found in ...
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Why ken yehi ratzon and not Amen? [duplicate]

Why is that in the Ashkenaz circles (non Sephardi) by the daily birchat kohanim, the congregation responds “Ken yehi ratzon” rather than the usual response of Amen, after a blessing is recited? Why ...
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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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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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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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