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Why is the order of returning the sefer-torah different on shabbos than on weekday?

Aishel Avraham (Buchach) Orach Chaim 149 says that the reason that Minhag Ashkenaz returns the Sefer Torah before Ashrei on the weekdays was since there are some people that take off their Tefilin ...
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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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Why Mishna Berurah chooses chesronaM with a M in borei nefashos?

The Aruch HaShulchan O.C. 207:2 defends and prefers the Mishna Brurah's nusach. The argument for the Mem is that in several places in the Torah we find Nefesh followed by a masculine verb, because ...
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Do Briskers use a particular siddur?

I studied in Brisk in Yerushalyim and what I saw from my Rosh Yeshiva and his family was that they use regular ashkenazi siddurim but by heart they incorporate their own nuschaos and minhagim (ie. ...
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Why repeat the last verse of "Yoshev b'Seter Elyon"

Machzor Vitri - page 114 says we say the verse Orech Yamim twice in order to complete the name of Hashem that is produced by doing so. וכופלין אורך ימים כדי להשלים השם היוצא ממנו Tashbatz 258, ...
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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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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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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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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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siddur(ashkenazi diaspora style) for android/google play store? (that gets weekday mincha 'shalom rav' right)

I've used Tfilon for a few years and really like it. It passes your shalom rav test. It has options for ashkenaz, sepharad, and eidei hamizrach. It is also very flexible - you can add names for holim, ...
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What's the difference between sim shalom and shalom rav?

Kipa.co.il links שים שָׁלום to the priestly blessing according to Orach Chayim 127 (2), so whenever there is a possibility for the priestly blessing, שים שלום is said. The trouble there is that ...
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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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Insertion of Piyutim

In Ashkenaz today [the situation was different in different communities in the past]: Me'ora - Before or chodosh. Ahava - different minhogim, either before v'keiravtanu or before l'hodos lecho. ...
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Why does the Machzor Rabba sometimes have an א at the bottom of the page?

You find this a lot in older Sefarim. Usually you can find these in the margin closest to the binding - often hidden in the binding. It seems that this was how they differentiate between versions. ...
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Why no Kaddish yatom after alainu in siddur tefillo sfas yisrael, Shabbas Mincha?

Pages 506-517 (LI - LXII) at the end of the link discuss the historical evolution of Kaddish and the relevant points vis a vis the "Minhag Ashkenaz" in the siddur. In relation to the possukim after ...
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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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Chazan's Recitation of Shmona Esrei - Nusach Ashkenaz

When I asked my LOR the rules in these situations he said: The Chazzan starts the Shemoneh Esrei out loud as you mentioned. He says the Kedusha with the Congregation as usual, and he finishes לדור ...
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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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Why repeat the last verse of "Yoshev b'Seter Elyon"

A late answer, I know, but a different one (and, I must say that I still don't understand some of the claims made in the other answer so this one is as reasonable, but I can't find a source for it). ...
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Nusach Askenaz in siyum kaddish - vayatzmach purkanei?

I have seen Nusach Ashkenaz siyum reciters say "Veyatzmach". According to this article, it seems appropriate for everyone to say it. There are 5 types of Kaddish and the one recited at the end of a ...
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what is the source for the artscroll sidur?

Nusach ashkenaz in artscroll is slightly misleading. 'Nusach ashkenaz' implies the german nusach when really it's minhag polin/lita. So the ashkenaz of artscroll is according to the litvish custom. If ...
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Additions or exclusions of prayers in Siddurim

Note: Not all Sefardim have the same Nussach, and not all Ashkenazim have the same Nussach. And this answer ignores the Chasidish [a.k.a. Sefard] Nussach which is a mix of the 2, at some level. And ...
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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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Origin of responses for Kaddish

Rabbi Shmuel Yitzchak Gelbard says this is mentioned some earlier Siddurim such as פראג רע"ט ורע"ו;הנאו שע"ו ועוד. He says it is unclear who established this Minhag, however Sidur R' Shabsi in the ...
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Should you lean your head while reciting the section after nefillat apayim in the M/Th Tachanun?

The ArtScroll RCA siddur (Kol Yaakov) is more clear about it (page 132), specifically saying to keep your head down until יבשו רגע (the end of that paragraph). The ArtScroll Chinuch siddur (Chaim ...
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Should you lean your head while reciting the section after nefillat apayim in the M/Th Tachanun?

You may need to get a better sense of the evolvement of what we currently call "Tachanun" and what Nefilat Apai'im refers to, as they are not the same thing. I'm excerpting various ideas from several ...
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