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Why do yekkes say Shir Mizmor Le'Osof each morning?

In the siddur Sefas Yisroel from OpenSiddur it is written: שיר מזמור לאסף has been recited since the end of the Geonic period - a few hundred years before the introduction of the שיר של יום. Its ...
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Gerer Chassidishe Minhagim

Gur Tefillin: Square knot (edit: some wear single dalet) , Shel Yad Ashkenaz, Wrapping also Ashkenaz way, Brachos on both must be said standing. Ksav: Ari Zal with Shin of Beys Yosef which is called ...
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A piyut refers to the converts: Keni, Na'aman, Ovadiah, Rachav, Na'amah and Ruth. How come?

1) Keni was one of Yisro's names. (See Rashi who brings the Mechilta about his many names and Rashi further mentions there that he converted; Shmos 18:1) He is famous for exclaiming that now he knows ...
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Western Ashkenazi Siddur?

The Siddur used by most German communities nowadays is the Sfas Emes Siddur published by Victor Goldschmidt Publishing. However, even at its first publication in 1799, the nusach had been changed to ...
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What's the difference between sim shalom and shalom rav?

According to http://www.aishdas.org/asp/shalom-rav it is partly based on Nusach Bavel vs Nusach Eretz Yisrael Two variants of Shalom Rav were found in the Cairo Geniza. Given the similarities ...
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Gerer Chassidishe Minhagim

I have been trying to reconnect to my Gerrer roots. This is what I've discovered. Tefillin: They are standard size, not oversize like Chabad. The parchments are k'sav Beis Yosef (source: a Gerrer ...
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"People who recite Ashrei many times": a question on Tosafot

Tosfot is disapproving of the practice of including extra verses beginning with Ashrei before Psalm 145. In the roughly contemporary Machzor Vitri (89), we find Psalm 145 introduced with Psalms 119:1, ...
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Touching the tefillin during Ashrei

In Tefiloh Sefas Yisroel 1 Shacharit, note 63 on פּוֹתֵ֥חַ אֶת־יָדֶ֑ךָ it says “The ancient מנהג of touching and kissing the תפילין during, ”פּוֹתֵ֥חַ אֶת־יָדֶ֑ךָ...“, is cited by רב משה מאינץ”. ...
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Why do Ashkenazim recite both "ahavah rabbah" and "ahavat olam" but Sephardim only the latter?

Note: This answer is from the OP. Thanks to DanF, who pointed out that I should look on the website Beurei Hatefila for an answer, and to "go to that site when [I] have a tefilla-orientated ...
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When did the Kanievsky family switch from Chasidic to Litvish?

The Steipler kept his chassidish tefillin but bought Rav Chaim Ashkenaz Tefillin, although the steiplers father was a hornsteipler (chernoybl) chossid, the steipler learnt in navordok, a litvishe ...
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Differences between the Rosh HaShanah service Ashkenaz/Sefard

In the Amidot of the Yamim Nora'im, in the blessing Kdushat Hashem, in Nusah Sfard four paragraphs beginning ובכן are added. In Nusah Ashkenaz, three are added. In Avinu Malkeinu on Rosh HaShanah, in ...
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בְּצִלְצְלֵי שָׁמַע or בְצִלְצְלֵי שָׁמַע

The Aleppo codex has it with a "v". The Leningrad codex has it with a "v". Minchas Shay doesn't comment on this. I haven't checked any other authorities, but you can probably ...
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Reasons to say Psalm 30 before Barukh Sheamar

The Aruch HaShulchan (cited below) writes that Psalm 30 before Baruch Sheamar is part of Nusach Ashkenaz. He also offers an original reason for its recitation. He writes, "the practice of ...
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Differences between the Yom Kippur service Ashkenaz/Sefard

The biggest difference is that there is an entirely different Avoda. Ashkenazim say אמיץ כח, while Sefaradim say אתה כוננת. Some prayer books (at least Koren and artscroll) include the second version ...
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Why do Ashkenazim recite both "ahavah rabbah" and "ahavat olam" but Sephardim only the latter?

There is a concept found in Kabbalistic/Chassidic literature that ahavah rabbah, unlike ahavat olam, is available only on the ethereal plain of Atzilut, which is inaccessible to us. I do not ...
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Are Metsudah Siddurim permananently out of print?

The weekday siddur is available in Lehmanns albeit in compact size if that helps. Here has the combined Chumash and Shabbos siddur. There also appears to be the Shabbos edition available on Amazon (...
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When did the Kanievsky family switch from Chasidic to Litvish?

This says that gebrochts was a private neder. "He did not eat gebrochts but allowed his family to do so. Because of this, his meals were prepared in special keilim separate from the rest of ...
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Friday Night Prayer before Maariv - Kegavnah or Bameh Madlikin

Kegavnah is a piece of Zohar, Parashat Terumah Page 135a, b that refers to the change in the world when Shabbat comes in, specifically when the words of Borchu of Maariv are said. It explains that the ...
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Does anyone know a siddur containing yotzrot (Ashkenaz or Sefard, preferably in print)?

The artscroll siddur contains yotzrot for shabbat shkalim, zachor, parah, hachodesh and hagadol
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Does anyone know a siddur containing yotzrot (Ashkenaz or Sefard, preferably in print)?

Siddur Tefilla Hashalem -- A. Greenwald
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Where to find a Nusach Maharitz siddur?

The publisher is Miller Publishing. Here is a link to their website. Here is their contact information Rehov HaOman 26 9342180 Yerushalayim Israel To call from the USA Tel: 011 972 2 678 3806 ...
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Differences between the Rosh HaShanah service Ashkenaz/Sefard

Psalm 27 will be recited at mincha in nusach sfard congregations and at arvit in nusach asheknaz congregations so it will be in mincha in sfard machzorim and at arvit in ashkenazi communities. If ...
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L'dor Vador or Atah Kadosh in a heicha kedusha?

The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 69:7 סִימָּן סט - דִּינֵי תְּפִלַּת מִנְחָה says that everybody says לְדוֹר וָדוֹר together with the Shliach Tzibbur. שְּׁלִיחַ הַצִבּוּר כָּל הַשְּׁמֹנֶה עֶשְׂרֵה עִם ...
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L'dor Vador or Atah Kadosh in a heicha kedusha?

See Shulchan Aruch OC 109, 2. Magen Avraham sk 7: פי' שיאמר עמו נקדש לדור ודור וכו' עד האל הקדוש ואח"כ יתפלל בפ"ע אם יוכל לסיים קודם שיגיע ש"ץ לסיום שומע תפלה [כ"מ בת"ה ור&...
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Seder HaAvoda "Ata Konanta" in Nusach Ashkenaz

The משכן שילה synagogue in the רמת שילה neighborhood of בית שמש, Israel. (Source: The גבאי told me.)
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Reasons to say Psalm 30 before Barukh Sheamar

After having posted my question I've done some research and found some additional points: R' Avraham Landau in Tzelota deAvraham discussed that Psalm 30 was not present neither in Siddur Rav Amram ...
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Nusach Lita vs Polin

Each town had its own slight variations in davening, and these differences were especially pronounced in Selichos and other piyutim. When they started mass producing siddurim, and especially in ...
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Nusach Lita vs Polin

Really what Artscroll and others today calls Ashkenaz is a bit of a misnomer. Nusach Ashkenaz really means the German/Yekkish rite of davening with today is called "Minhag Ashkenaz". What ...
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Are Metsudah Siddurim permananently out of print?

I had a similar question years ago about metsudah publications, i don't believe they are in print anymore. you can still find their products on various judaica and seforim websites, but as you ...
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Sitting by kadosh in purpose?

Along the same lines you noted the contrasting customs between Ashkenazim and Sefardim, Rabbi David Sperling writes: There are different customs about standing or sitting for Kaddish. The Rema ...
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