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

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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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Chabad Houses singing Yedid Nefesh before Kabalash Shabbos

In the Nusach Ari used by Chabad, Yedid Nefesh appears as a continuation of Pasach Eliyahu to be said before Mincha. The standard print of the Tehilas Hashem siddur explicitly instructs to say it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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“v'imru amen” after silent shemoneh esrei [duplicate]

It is customary in many communities to recite personal tefillot after the silent amida. Canonized in many nusach Ashkenaz/Sefard siddurim, this is followed by the final line of kaddish (based on the ...
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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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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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What does the acronym or abbreviation in Hatrat Nedarim stand for?

What do the 4 letters (הויה) stand for or mean? This appears at the beginning of Hatrat Nedarim.
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Why no vowels for the sounds of the shofar?

In three different machzorim (a Rinat Yisrael, an Artscroll and a Koren -- the ones I had access to over the holiday) the listings of the sounds of the shofar are printed without any vowels. Sefaria ...
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Why are vows to fast undertaken at mincha a stated exception in Hatarat Nedarim?

In the last part of Hatarat Nedarim, when talking about future vows, vows to fast undertaken at mincha are a specific exception. Why this exception and no other?
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Why isn't birchas hatorah printed before Selichos? [duplicate]

Why is birchas hatorah not printed before Ashrei in Selichos siddurim, given the requirement for this brocha before quoting verse (see Selichot and blessing on Torah study)?
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Why say imru amein at end of silent amida? [duplicate]

"v'imru amein" appears at the end of the sentence "Oseh shalom bimromov..." at the end of the silent (individual) amida. That seems a bit odd for two reasons: We are saying amein to our own davening, ...
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Compare large print machzorim

My husband is recently visually impaired with a condition called NAION. He has been using the Artscroll large print siddur on Shabbat and a siddur app on his phone for weekdays. I want to get him ...
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Halachic differences in the Yom Kippur avodah between piyutim

There are various piyutim said by different communities to describe the avodah on Yom Kippur. Are there halachic differences between any of these piyutim? For example, do they pasken like different ...
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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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Recommendations for explanations of selichos

The selichos for ashkenazim are quite difficult to understand. Are there any peirushim on selichos for ashkenazim? (I know there are different versions, I'm willing to take a peirush on any version. ...
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What's the story with nezirut Shimshon in hatarat nedarim?

In the standard text of hatarat nedarim, Artscroll has וכל מיני נזירות שקבלתי עלי חוץ מנזירות שמשון Koren has ואפילו נזירות שמשון There are three types of nezirut (maseches Nazir 1,2): nezirut ...
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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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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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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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