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Teimani/Yemenite Siddur in English

I am converting to Judaism and wish to adopt Teimani minhagim. Unfortunately, I cannot fully read Hebrew so I am looking for a Yemenite (Teimani) Siddur in English. Please send me PDF or a link to ...
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Does this prayer "Lord we thank you for your gift of hope" that a British Reform synagogue does on Shabbat morning, exist in Orthodox Siddurim?

What is this prayer "Lord we thank you for your gift of hope, our strength" that a Reform synagogue does first thing on a Shabbat morning? (As in, where is this prayer from. I wonder if I've ...
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Why וְעָֽרְבָה֙ לַֽיהֹוָ֔ה מִנְחַ֥ת יְהוּדָ֖ה וִירֽוּשָׁלָ֑͏ִם ? Why not only Yerushalayim?

In Malachi 3:4 וְעָֽרְבָה֙ לַֽיהֹוָ֔ה מִנְחַ֥ת יְהוּדָ֖ה וִירֽוּשָׁלָ֑͏ִם כִּימֵ֣י עוֹלָ֔ם וּכְשָׁנִ֖ים קַדְמֹנִיֹּֽת׃ Is this referring to the two kingdoms that were separated (and Benjamin had ...
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What is this prayer with an acrostic in the third letters?

A friend sent me the following question: Many years ago, I was reading a prayer similar to Ashrei, where each line begins with successive letters of the alphabet. Then, something odd struck me: the ...
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Siddur with stressed vowels

How can I know what vowel to put stress on? For example in English we can show it in many ways e.g. exAmple I checked Siddur Sim Shalom (Ashkenazi) and not sure if I see any marks in every word to ...
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Are Metsudah Siddurim permananently out of print? (Specifically, Askenaz)

I've websearched all over for both the everyday and the Shabbat Metsudah siddur -- the seforim sellers are out of stock or have only nusach Sefarad. Used copies are expensive (for "acceptable&...
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Why do some siddurim begin with alef beis?

Some siddurim have a few opening pages of addendums like how to put on tefillin. I noticed that the Nusach Ari siddur has a page of alef-beis and nekudos, plus a page of letters combined with nekudos. ...
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What Nusach did the Twansa use?

In most of the places that Sefardim settled after being kicked out of Iberia, there were already Jews living there, usually called "Musta'arabi". In most places, these communities ...
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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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Is there a machzor ashkenaz for yomim noroim without piyutim?

Is there a machzor ashkenaz for yomim noroim without piyutim? Seeing that we skip so much of it these days, it would be proper if we had a smaller standardised machzor.
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613 Mitzvos depend on another?

I've noticed the following phrase in a couple places in the siddur: שֶׁתְּ֒הֵא חֲשׁוּבָה מִצְוַת _ לְפָנֶֽיךָ כְּאִלּוּ קִיַּמְתִּֽיהָ בְּכָל פְּרָטֶֽיהָ וְדִקְדּוּקֶֽיהָ וְכַוָּנוֹתֶֽיהָ וְתַרְיַ&...
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What are the machzorim used by Shearith Israel in NYC?

What machzorim are used at Shearith Israel in NYC?
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Are there any prayer books from the Conservative movement that include Selihot?

I have been having a surprisingly difficult time finding a copy of selihot prayers. They appear to not be included in: Siddur Sim Shalom (1985) Siddur Sim Shalom for Weekdays (2002) Mahzor Lev Shalem ...
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Chronology in Karaite selicha

In a Karaite siddur from 1527-9 (link, pg. 514), in the section of selichot, there's one selicha that's similar to the rabbinical selicha "מי שענה ל...הוא יעננו". In this case, it's "...
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Chazal on pronounciation (according to Koren)

In his introduction to the Koren siddur, Eliyahu Koren claims: A window thou shalt make to the ark,” says God to Noah, and our sages took this also to mean that the correct pronunciation of the words ...
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Studying the Siddur before Yomim Noraim?

The Shulchan Aruch OC (100:1) writes that there is an obligation to learn the tefillos which are not commonly said beforehand, and the Rema notes that nowadays we don't need to review the prayers ...
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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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Composing your own Tefillah

Is there a source (either for or against) that mentions composing your own Tefillah prayer? Such as a yehi ratzon or the like. Granted, anyone can daven at any moment for anything they want in any ...
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Shemoneh Esreh Torah line for Name

Before Oseh Shalom in the Amidah, my Siddur says, "Here one may say a sentence from the Torah, which starts with the first letter of his first name and finishes with the last letter of his first ...
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What is the source of saying Ani Maamin daily?

Many Siddurim have the 13 principles of faith after Shacharit. Where do we find a source for its daily recitation?
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Pesukei de-Zimra in Sidur of Amram Gaon

What Psalms were included in the Pesukei de-Zimra in the Siddur of Amram Gaon on weekdays, as well as on Shabbat and Holidays?
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How do you reconcile these two verses: [ואחרי ככלות הכל לבדו ימלוך נורא] -- [אף תכון תבל בל תמוט]

If it would have been written like this: ...ואפילו אם ככלות הכל then it would have made more sense. But the way it's written like this: ...ואחרי ככלות הכל Makes it sound like it is indeed going to ...
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Where can I find a siddur with the minhagim of the Chassam Sofer?

I know one exists, because my father has one, I'm just looking for one of my own. If anyone know where to find one I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
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Are these passages really found in the Jewish prayers? If so, where can I find the original Hebrew text?

In this book, a Christian writer by the name of John Hutchinson alleges that the following passages are found in the Jewish prayers, and that when collected together, compose a form similar to the ...
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Using meteg to mark non-ultimate accented syllables

The common practice in current prayer books is to use a meteg to mark the stressed syllable in non-biblical texts if it's not the last one. The earliest edition using this method I have found is R' ...
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What is the exact name of the Artscroll English Siddur (Commentary) Font [closed]

Does anyone know what is the exact name of the font which Artscoll uses for the English commentary at the bottom of the pages of their Interlinear Siddur (as well as the main text of many of their ...
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Why are some Lameds with a flat top?

In many places in the siddur there are Lameds with a flat top, and there are some with a straight top. For example in the last הללוקה the word בצלצלי, the first lamed is with a straight top, and the ...
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Why the choice of Abraham preceded finding him righteous?

We say it daily in the morning prayer: אַתָּה־הוּא ה"א אֲשֶׁר בָּחַרְתָּ בְּאַבְרָם וְהוֹצֵאתוֹ מֵאוּר כַּשְׂדִּים וְשַׂמְתָּ שְּׁמוֹ אַבְרָהָם׃ וּמָצָאתָ אֶת־לְבָבוֹ נֶאֱמָן לְפָנֶיךָ... You ...
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What's "Nusach Kafa"?

I saw yesterday that the Crimean Jews - which were an ancient kehillah - had their own nusach, called "Nusach Kafa" (נוסח כפא). I was wondering in what ways was this nusach unique? What ...
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Al gav or al gabei – singular or plural?

In some Ashkenazi siddurim the line in L'olam yehei adam is written: .זֶרַע יִצְחָק יְחִידוֹ, שֶׁנֶּעֱקַד עַל גַּבֵּי הַמִּזְבֵּחַ In other siddurim, the same line is written with al gav hamizbeiach,...
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Is Rosh Hashana a remembrance or a day of remembrance?

In the musaf for Rosh Hashana there are two options for marking the day. The Artscroll Machzor reads as follows: ותתן לנו ה אלקינו באהבה את יום [השבת הזה ואת יום] הזכרון הזה [on a weekday - יום / on ...
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What siddur is used by Reform communities in Israel?

Understood, Reform Judaism is not as widespread in Israel as it is in America. Nevertheless, what siddur do Reform Jewish communities in Israel use? In America, Mishkan T'fila is popular (or the older ...
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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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Maaneh Lashon - Book

My grandfather used to use this book when he was alive to daven at the cemeteries of his relatives each year. https://i.stack.imgur.com/RMNwb.jpg (The first pages are different but the rest looks ...
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Davening alone on the yamim noraim

I found a Kof-K publication titled "Tefillah When Davening Alone" and learned that there is more to it than just skipping the parts that require a minyan (see here). Now I seek a similar ...
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What is the current Ashkenazic practice on the Alenu?

The Alenu is part of our daily liturgy. It says: It is our duty to praise the Master of all... who has not made us like the nations of the lands, nor placed us like the families of the earth; who ...
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No need to say 13 Ikkarim on Shabbos

Some people have the custom to recite the 13 Ikkarim, The Thirteen Principles of Faith, every day. A condensed version of them appears as the "Ani Ma'amin"s usually printed in a standard ...
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Is there a Siddur with Tagim (crowns)

As per the teaching of the Besht I’ve been really meditating on the letters as I daven but I realized that the true shapes of letters as they are written in a Torah or mezuzah which includes the tagim ...
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In regards to taking notes, highlighting, etc. - Is it permissible to write inside the Torah, Siddur and other holy books? [duplicate]

I am studying for Jewish conversion and have many books that I am using. I write inside my commentaries and Jewish guidance books, but I am unsure as to whether or not I can do the same inside my ...
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Why two plurals in Sim Shalom? [duplicate]

The bracha sim shalom, at the end of the amida, has two plural terms: aleinu v'al kol yisrael. The other brachot in the amida have only one plural term (e.g. bareich aleinu). Are the two plural ...
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Why so repetitive in davening?

Looking at a siddur, in the Korbanos, the order of the Temple service is written. In the first paragraph (אַבַּיֵּי הֲוָה מְסַדֵּר), it lists everything that is done in a strange manner, it says what ...
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Why have Psam 135 instead of 146 and omit Psalm 147 in Pesukei D'Zimra?

In all siddurim I know of—and halachic compendia that I've seen—pesukei d'zimra contains, among other things, psalms 145–150. However, in the siddur of Rav Sa'adia Gaon, he replaces Psalm 146 by 135 ...
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What are the arrows in my siddur?

Shalom, I'm a baal teshuva who recently began reciting daily prayers. I own several Koren siddurim and I notice in all of them, occasional small arrows pointing at the text. Does anyone know what ...
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What parts of the Shabbat shacharit and musaf are omitted when davening without a minyan? [duplicate]

As I write this, many Jews around the world have just concluded their second consecutive Shabbat since the COVID-19 outbreak led to the temporary closures of synagogues. Now that so many of us are ...
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Transliteration and text help for the nisim b'chol yom

My son is becoming a bar mitzvah, and he specified that he wanted to use a translation of the nisim b'chol yom (for daily miracles) prayer not from the siddur, but from a hand out in Hebrew school. I ...
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Looking for file of Sfard kedushah page for Ashkenaz siddurim

I daven nusach Ashkenaz in a shul which davens nusach Sfard. On Shabbos, it's customary* to say the "out loud" parts of the davening in the minhag hamakom. Therefore, in the back cover of the Ashkenaz ...
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Yemenite Siddur in Hebrew & English to purchase?

I am trying to find a Yemenite Siddur in Hebrew & English to purchase. Let me know if you can send me a company name or website.
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A question on "Sim Shalom"

The prayer "Sim Shalom", recited at the end of the morning Amidah, first says: שִׂים שָׁלוֹם טוֹבָה וּבְרָכָה חֵן וָחֶֽסֶד וְרַחֲמִים עָלֵֽינוּ -- Grant peace, goodness and blessing, grace, ...
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Where is Maharshal's commentary on birkat hamazon printed?

I understand that Maharshal wrote a commentary on birkat hamazon - does anyone know if/where I can find it published?
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Is Melech ever a verb?

In the Artscroll machzor (ashkenaz), in the Chazarat Hashatz for shacharit of Rosh Hashana, the piyut with the refrain "Hashem Melech, Hashem malach, Hashem yimloch le'olam va'ed" has a strange ...
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