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Questions about the various prayer books used by Jews, and the prayers contained therein.

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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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Text of S'lichos Online

Is there any fully digital (i.e. searchable) edition of the סליחות? Is it publicly available online?
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Does anyone know what siddur the Minchas Elazar, z"l, used?

I was wondering if anyone knows what specific siddur the Minchas Elazar, z"l, davened from? Also, where to find it today.
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Is there an English translation of Siddurei Geonei Rav Amram and / or Rav Sa'adiah?

I enjoy exploring the history of the Siddur. Rav Amram and Rav Sa'adia's siddurim are two of the oldest. One of them, from what I recall has loads of "instructions" some of which explain halachot and ...
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Explicit shaimos printed in prayer books

The gemara in Shabbos 115b cites a Tosefta seemingly condemning those who publish prayer-books (and amulets) with G-d's name: "...מכאן אמרו כותבי ברכות כשורפי תורה". Nonetheless, it is common practice ...
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How to make a personal siddur/birchon/bentsher as a wedding present

I'm looking for a convenient software that allows me to create and design a personal siddur/birchon/bentcher to give as a wedding present. In particular, I would like to have a convenient way to ...
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Who coined “הן גאלתי אתכם אחרית כראשית”?

While trying to answer "1-5th-of-the-jews-will-make-it-past-the-messiah" I remembered the verse we say every morning but realized I didn't know its source. I googled but except for Kedushas Levi that ...
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Appropriate to slightly modify wording as one recites siddur prayers?

For instance, if the wording states "protect me," could one add "me and my family?" Or if the wording refers to "we" (plural) could it be modified to "I" (singular) or vice-versa?
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Line break before למען ירבו ימיכם

In most of my prayer books there is a line break before למען ירבו ימיכם in the second chapter of the Shema (see also this one from Vilna or Zhytomyr): וְהָיָ֗ה אִם־שָׁמֹ֤עַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ֙ אֶל־...
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Is there a siddur for the Jews of Aden?

Do Adenim (Jews from the Yemenite city of Aden) have a nusach and a siddur unique to them?
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Minhag to pause in middle of birkas kriyas shema

Many (if not all) shuls that I have been to have it such that in the first bracha of kriyas shema everyone reads until וכלם פותחים את פיהם בקדשה ובטהרה, בשירה ובזמרה, ומברכים ומשבחים ומפארים ...
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Where I can find an original Nusach Paras (Persian) Siddur?

Where can I find a siddur with the original Persian (Parsi) Nusach (if such a siddur exists)?
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Livorno siddurim

Since my old siddur is on the process of dying, I am in the market for a new siddur. I understand that some of the reprints of the Livorno siddurim in print today have incorporated some changes to the ...
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Ideas for discovering the history of benchers

I'm thinking of making a "bencher museum". I'd like to gather some ideas from our readership for this project. I have a selection of old benchers from the 60's as well as a larger assortment of more ...
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Is there an online siddur without vowels / niqqud? [duplicate]

I see that this was asked back in 2012, but perhaps the answer has changed since. Reason: as a personal project of sorts, I am attempting to produce a siddur that uses the (Paleo) Ancient Hebrew ...
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What was the first “Siddur” prayer / section?

Outside of Shema and the Amidah, can someone explain the chronology of what sections of the Siddur service as we currently have them were added? E.g. was Psukei Dezimra added first? Blessings before / ...
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Evidence of 2nd Temple Liturgy @Temple &/or Synagogue

Friends, I have tried & failed to find really firm documented evidence of 2nd temple period Liturgy used either in Temple services or among the Judean or extra-Judean synagogues. What I find ...
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Printing a once-off siddur that would require genizah

I have been asked to compile a booklet containing the Shacharit service for a special occasion. The printed booklets (currently 60 pages long, double-sided 2-per-page, so 15 pieces of paper each) will ...
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The Siddur of R Yaakov Emden

Is there a version of R Yaakov Emdens siddur online? Also how is the Siddur different from the Artscroll Ashkenazi Siddur which I am more familiar with?
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Is there a Siddur authored by the Gra?

Is there a Siddur authored by the Gra or his talmidim that goes according to him? If so is there a copy online?
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Information about the Vilna Siddur

I am looking for information on the Vilna Siddur. What is the vilna/vilnis Siddur?(for example how is it different than a regular Ashkenazi Siddur) Who authored it? And is there a copy online?
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The reverse name YHWH not for Adar?

As most of us know, each month has a combination of the holy name YHWH - that's 3 letters YHW times 4 places gives 12 combinations. It is intended to be kept in mind while saying the Brocho of Musaf ...
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Why so many vocalized shvas in Siddur Tehillat Hashem?

I prayed using a Siddur Tehillat Hashem the other day, and I noticed that many more shvas were marked with an asterisk above, indicating that they should be vocalized, than I'd expect. In particular, ...
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Siddur with metegs? (and preferably markings for dagesh chazak, kamatz katan, shva na, chirik gadol)

I'm interested in a siddur with good markings.. 1st priority is it should have metegs.. 2nd priority is it should have kamatz katon marked. and preferably also, markings for dagesh chazak, shva na, ...
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Why is G-d mentioned in the feminine sometimes?

In one part of the Birkat Hamazon we say "veal hakol... anu modim lach umevarchim otach". This is only one small example, and there are many others, but why is God being adressed in the feminine "...
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Is it OK to recite prayers by heart?

I remember reading that you are supposed to pray by reading from a siddur -- that it is not OK to recite the prayers by heart. Is this true? If it is, what is the reason, given that in olden days ...
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Writing HaShem's Hebrew Name

Can I write any of HaShem's Hebrew names in pencil, in my Siddur? Any of his "Hebrew" names that is, not English.
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At what point in the morning prayer should one answer kedusha?

If one finished saying Krias Shema in Shacharis at the same time as the congregation is starting their silent shmone esray, my understanding of Shulchan Aruch O"C 109:2 is that one has to delay and ...
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What is the source for attempting to avoid daily challenges?

What is the source for the oft-repeated idea of trying to avoid daily challenges/nisyonos? As one example, in daily prayers, we say "...וְאַל תְּבִיאֵנוּ...וְלֹא לִידֵי נִסָּיוֹן" - "Do not bring us ...
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Why is fem. description used to refer to days of Mashiach?

Near the end of the Uva Letzion prayer, there is a phrase that refers to ימות המשיח. This sounds like a feminine ending. Shouldn't the phrase be ימי המשיח as the word יום is masculine?
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Why is the pasuk in Nechemia split in davening?

In pesukei d'zimra, my siddur splits up the pasuk from Nechemia 9:8 וּמָצָאתָ אֶת לְבָבוֹ נֶאֱמָן לְפָנֶיךָ וְכָרוֹת עִמּוֹ הַבְּרִית לָתֵת אֶת אֶרֶץ הַכְּנַעֲנִי הַחִתִּי הָאֱמֹרִי וְהַפְּרִזִּי ...
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Why was Adon Olam reduced from 16 to 10 verses?

Why did Ashkenazim cut down the original Adon Olam from 16 to 10 verses? (See original below, by Solomon ibn Gabirol, 11th century Muslim Spain.) Sephardic siddurim still have all 16 verses, ...
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Chabad beginner visiting a Modern Orthodox shul

I have been practicing my observance with a super-friendly Chabad congregation but my area, predominantly secular and Modern Orthodox, has a bunch of MO congregations that I'm very curious to visit, ...
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Why is the word “Halleluya” not translated in the siddur? [closed]

The word "halleluya" appears many times in the siddur. Typically the word is not translated in a Hebrew-English siddur. But the Hebrew word can be translated. Why is the word "halleluya" typically ...
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What was the first siddur to contain an aleph-bet chart?

Many siddurim (prayerbooks) published today contain a chart of the Hebrew alphabet towards the beginning (see e.g. page 11 of this pdf). What was the first siddur published to contain an alphabet ...
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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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Why does chabad say “Yisbareich” instead of “yisbarach”?

Why according to the Nusach Ari (siddur "Tehilat Hashem") does it say "yisbareich" instead of "yisbarach" in Kaddish?
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Where are we commanded to read the hallel?

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעולָם. אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְותָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לִקְרא אֶת הַהַלֵּל You are blessed, O God, our God of the world who hath commanded us his mitzvot to read ...
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What was the order of “Shacharit” in the Bet Hamikdash?

I'm assuming that the majority of the format of the Siddur that we currently have and use did not exist during the time of the 1st Bet Hamikdash. Perhaps, by the 2nd Bet Hamikdash, some items were ...
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Why is Yismach Moshe in the Shabbat Amidah?

On Shabbat morning, the fourth Amidah blessing includes Yismach Moshe: "Moshe rejoiced in the gift of his portion: That You called him a faithful servant. A crown of splendor You placed on his head ...
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Does anyone know when the revised RCA siddur is going to be released?

The new RCA siddur has not been released yet even though they announced (on their website) its publishing 5 years ago! I contacted the RCA and they didn't respond.
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Shir shel yom — “said” vs “sang”

Why by the shir shel yom does it say "The leviem said" instead of saying "The Leviem sang?"
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Didn't Rambam say Aleinu leshabeach?

Siddur Mesorat Moshe is a siddur whose text follows the rulings of the Rambam. I received a copy a couple of weeks ago and am now using it daily. A completely never-seen-before thing is that there's ...
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Inconsistent (?) use of B'rachamav in Kaddish

This question deals with the origin of the inclusion of "b'rachamav" in the Kaddish Derabonon/Yatom, and this site gives more history on it. I noticed that the inclusion of the word "b'rachamav" ...
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Sepharad vs Sephardic siddurs/nusachs

I understand from Chabad's website, as well as my own Rabbi (who is Yeshivish) now that there is a difference between "Sepharad" and "Sepharadi" traditions and siddurs. How do these differ? Who uses ...
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Hebrew-Spanish-Transliterated Siddur, Nusach Ashkenaz

I'm looking for Siddurim for some friends. Nusach Ashkenaz, Hebrew-Spanish-Transliteration. There seem to be quite a few Nusach Sephardi ones available for purchase online (As well there should be!) ...
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What is the connection between “sword and … bow” (Genesis 48:22) with “prayer and … supplication” (as rendered by Onkelos)?

What is the connection between "sword and ... bow" (Genesis 48:22) with "prayer and ... supplication" (as rendered by Onkelos)? Verse: וַאֲנִי נָתַתִּי לְךָ שְׁכֶם אַחַד עַל אַחֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר ...
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poetical works authored by women?

Are there any examples of songs, poems, piyyutim or kinnot from the time of the first temple until the 1700's (c.e.) which were authored by women and were adopted by traditional/orthodox communities. ...
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Font size variation within siddurim

People might write this off as a matter of typeface and nothing more, but why do so many siddurim vary the font size within the tefillos? I used to think that they made the more important tefillos ...
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Size of words in Siddur; from one blessing to the next in the Amidah [duplicate]

I have noticed that some siddurim use different font sizes for different berachot in the Amidah. I initially thought that the larger fonts are used for less frequent parts of the Amidah, to assist the ...