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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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וינוחו בה\בו\בם ישראל in Shabbat shemoneh esrei -- why the change?

I've noticed that the Friday night shemoneh esrei (nusach Ashkenaz) uses the line "בה", shacharit and musaf use "בו", and mincha uses "בם" in the phrase "וינוחו _ ישראל מקדשי שמך..." What is the ...
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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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Which Chasidic group departed the least from Ashkenazi minhag and nusach?

Chasidic groups vary in terms of their siddur's differences from nusach Ashkenaz, as well as their general minhagim and hashkafic approaches. Is there a Chasidic group which most closely matches the ...
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Why does Nusach Ashkenaz skip מה רבו on Shabbos?

In the birchot keriat shema of Shabbat morning, we add a number of pesukim in the beginning, and we switch the piyut of קל ברוך גדול דעה for the piyut of קל אדון. But all the pesukim said on a weekday ...
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Ashkenazic vs. Sefardic grammar tendencies

I notice that when referring to God in the second person in a possessive form, Sefardim often use the female form where Ashkenazim use the male form. For example, where Ashkenazim say in kedusha, "...
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what is the source for the artscroll sidur?

what is the mesorah for the artscoll ashkenaz siddur? Is this the same nusach ashkenaz that was used in previous generations?
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Why is the order of returning the sefer-torah different on shabbos than on weekday?

Why on shabbos is ashrai said before returning the sefer-torah and on weekday (nusach ashkenaz) afterwards. This cannot have to do with kaddish tiskabel since this is also done on rosh chodesh where ...
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Shalom Rav / Sim Shalom - by Mincha according to Nusach Ashkenaz

Nusach Ashkenaz says Shalom Rav at Mincha most days. However, when there is Birchas Kohanim (such as a fast day), they say Sim Shalom. Is there a connection between Birchas Kohanim and Sim Shalom? If ...
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When to say LeDovid HaShem Ori in a minyan with different nusach

I daven Nusach Ashkenaz saying “LeDovid HaShem Ori” at Shacharis and Maariv. Q1 If I daven Mincha with a Minyan which says “LeDovid HaShem Ori” at Mincha, should I say it with them? (I assume yes, ...
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Seeking a German Siddur

I was wondering if there is a 'Minhag Ashkenaz' siddur presently in print. I have an older one at home, but it has sentimental value and as a university student, I would rather avoid using such a ...
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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 repeat the last verse of "Yoshev b'Seter Elyon"

In Nusach ashkenaz, as well as in "V'hi Noam" of Nusach haAri, the last pasuk of "Yoshev B'seter Elyon" (Psalm 91) is repeated. Why is that?
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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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Why is it that there appear to be so many different nuschaos of Selichos?

Why is it that there appear to be more different nuschaos of Selichos than other tefillos? I have heard of Askenaz, Sfard, Lita, Polin and Ungvar.
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I'm in the middle of Tachanun when they take out the Torah; what do I do?

This happens to me a lot on Mondays and Thursdays: I'm just putting down my head to finish Tachanun when the baal tefilah says kaddish, the aron is opened and the Torah is taken out. Do I stop what ...
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Why do Ashkenazim respond בְּרִיךְ הוּא in kaddish?

Is קֻדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא a translation of הקדוש ברוך הוא? At any rate both expressions are one phrase. Why then in kaddish do we reply with בריך הוא when someone says שְׁמֵהּ דְּקֻדְשָׁא, בְּרִיךְ ...
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Do Briskers use a particular siddur?

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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Change from Kail Erech to Kail Melech in Selichos

Nusach Ashkenaz and Ashkenazi Nusach Sefard both start Selichos with Kail Erech Apayim prior to the first Hashem Hashem, and then for the rest of Selichos say Kail Melech Yoshaiv prior to Hashem ...
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When did the Kanievsky family switch from Chasidic to Litvish?

R' Chaim Kanievsky shlita davens Ashkenaz and wears Ashkenazi tefilin. His grandfather z'l was a Chernobyler chasid. It's not clear to me how the Steipler Gaon ztz'l conducted himself with regards ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Looking for a resource that explains the musical trope "mood" used in Ashkenazic annual laining

Nusach Ashkenaz has these separate laining modes: Regular weekly Torah reading (Shabbat, weekday, Yom Tov, etc.) Special Torah reading mode for Yamim Nora'im (High Holidays) Haftarah 3 Megillot - ...
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What book would be a good reference for prayer melodies?

When davening at different synagogues, I notice that some use different melodies for songs (eg: El Adon, Hallel, L'kha Dodi) as well as different nusach (in the sense of melodies for brachot used for ...
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Friday Night Prayer before Maariv - Kegavnah or Bameh Madlikin

Ashkenaz say Bameh Madlikin, and those who daven Nusach Sefard say Kegavnah... Why this distinction? And if one is praying in a shul that does not say his Nusach, what should he do?
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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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Why Mishna Berurah chooses chesronaM with a M in borei nefashos?

Mishna Berurah 202:3 quotes the nusach of borei nefashos as "Boreh Nefashos Rabos VeChesronaM" with a M in opposition to the common version vechesronaN with a N. As "vechesronan" is referring to "...
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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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Why "Sim shalom" at mincha on Shabas?

Using an Israeli sidur (prayer book) nusach Ashk'naz recently, I saw that it had "Sim shalom" for mincha of Shabas (including Shabas yom tov, but not weekday yom tov), even though it had "Shalom rav" ...
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The almost-alphabetic acrostic Al Chet

The Al Chet that we say four times on Yom Kippur - the long list of sins that we list and ask to be forgiven for - is a double-acrostic (in nusach Ashkenaz). Each letter is represented twice in a row ...
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Ashkenaz Tachanun

Why does Ashkenaz start at Rachum Vechanun, and not say the first part (like Nusach Sefard does). What's the basis for the disagreement?
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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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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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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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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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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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Said "משיב הרוח": continue "ומוריד הטל"?

Some, during the summer, say in the amida (sh'mone esre) ‏… מחיה מתים אתה רב להושיע מכלכל חיים בחסד…‏‎  (1) with nothing between "להושיע" and "מכלכל". Some ...
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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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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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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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"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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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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Why does the Machzor Rabba sometimes have an א at the bottom of the page?

My Machzor Rabba, nusach Ashkenaz, sometimes prints a dot, and sometimes an א at the bottom of the page. Anyone know why? I've included pictures of a double page with two dots, one with two alephs, ...
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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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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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Koren Machzor and Shochen Ad

Last year I started using the Koren machzorim and I realized that the Ashkenaz editions use the wrong Shochen Ad. In most other machzorim, the section "B'fi Yisharim" forms acrostics of the names of ...
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Opinion that nusach Ashkenaz and Sefard are the same

I remember hearing an opinion somewhere that nusach Ashkenaz and nusach Sefard (but not real nusach Sfaradi/Edot Hamizrach!) are both basically the same nusach, since they are structurally very ...
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Different Customs for HaRachaman after Counting Omer - לנו

The Sefardi (Edot Mizrach) version is: הָרַחֲמָן הוּא יַחֲזִיר עֲבוֹדַת בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ לִמְקוֹמָהּ בִּמְהֵרָה בְיָמֵֽינוּ אָמֵן: Another version that some Ashkenazim use is: הָרַחֲמָן הוּא ...
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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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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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