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How does the 19th brocho of the shmona esrai open?

I obviously can't comment about what is "original" or not, because we don't know what the "original" wording was, if there ever was such a thing. Chazal left us nothing of the sort. What we do know ...
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Chabad beginner visiting a Modern Orthodox shul

You won't find too many differences other than some changes in the Nusach and the siddur. Most MO shuls tend to be Nusach Ashkenaz from what I've seen, but you should inquire. That's not a given ...
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Al gav or al gabei – singular or plural?

This is a controversial issue. If you look at older siddurim, like the one of R' Yaakov Emden, who, besides his other talents, was an exceptional authority on grammar, you can find the על גבי version ...
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What's "Nusach Kafa"?

The only custom I've previously come across from that community (cited by Siddur Otzar Hatefillot, Volume 2, page 46) is that they had the custom to read Megillat Antiochus on Chanukah. A quick search ...
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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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new artscroll siddur dikduk questions

1) הַטֵּה אֱלֹהַי אָזְנְךָ וּשְׁמָע is just a quote from Daniyel 9:18 and there is no Patach there. If you're seeing a Chataf-Patach in some editions, realize that's just an old fashioned way of ...
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Does 'atah chonantanu' replace the first line of 'atah chonein,' or is it said in addition?

The "add" option is certainly not immediately intuitive, since there's a clear duplication of the phrase "you have graced אתה חונן". It seems reasonable to expect that אתה חוננתנו was composed as a ...
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Chabad nusach for Birkat Hamazon

See page 30 of this pdf: http://www.daat.ac.il/daat/kitveyet/pardes/pardes19-s2.pdf Basically, he brings many different versions, and posits that at the time of the Alter Rebbe there was not yet a ...
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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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Why does the Chabad nusach omit "Tzur Yisroel" before Shemoneh Esrei?

The following is a condensation of the explanation in the book שער הכולל (page 25, paragraph 19): The brakhah Emet ve-Yatziv is known to have the nature of being a blessing of hoda'ah (thankful ...
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Sepharad vs Sephardic siddurs/nusachs

Nusach Sefaradi is an overarching name (much like the term "Sefaradi") of the Nusach used by Jews who follow Minhagei Sefarad (Spain) and Edot haMizrach. This is an oversimplification, but the ...
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If someone's ancestry was a mix of Hassidic and non-Hassidic Ashkenazi, what Nusach should they daven?

Obviously, someone should talk to a rabbi about their particular situation; if there's a particular community or practice that particularly speaks to them, that's worth something. But for theory's ...
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Proper bracha on Chanuka candles: lhadlik ner (shel) Chanukah

Torah Tidbits vol 1254 has a nice explanation There is a dispute as to whether the bracha ends L'HADLIK NER SHEL CHANUKA or L'HADLIK NER CHANUKA. One should follow his own (or family) minhag, ...
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A grammatical question about Shabbes davening

@DoubleAA alluded to Aruch Hashulchan. Indeed, p. 3 of this article cites Aruch Hashulchan 268:14 explaining the reasons of the feminine and masculine aspects of Shabbat. In Mincha, the uses of בם is ...
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Pre-Rambam Teimani Siddur?

There is a consensus among academic researches that before accepting Rambam's nusach, Yemenite Jews used the nusach of Rav Saadya Gaon. This is based on multiple questions the Jews of Yemen sent to ...
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Chaba''d doesn't follow minhag hamakom?

Sounds like someone who didn't know what they were doing. There is no minhag in chabad to skip tachanun for a yartzeit. Those that skip tachanun on gimmel tammuz do so as a personal hergish bc of the ...
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Sepharad vs Sephardic siddurs/nusachs

The nusach used by Jews of Sephardic extraction (meaning either Jews who live in Spain and Portugal, or are descended from those who were expelled from those places in 1492) is called "Nusach ...
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Versions of HaNeros Hallalu

A great article on this topic is by Rabbi Daniel Sperber in Minhagei Yisrael, Book 5 Chapter 2. It addresses your question (some of it directly, otherwise, by the sources he cites) and much of it is ...
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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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Anyone know of a nusach that exludes the word לברך from the prayer of ובמקהלות?

As far as I can tell, לברך doesn't appear in many non-Ashkenazi siddurim. For example, Sefaria's Edot Hamizrach siddur omits it, the de Sola Pool siddur omits it, and I've checked my own Yemenite (...
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What nusach is followed by Persian Jews

I was just in Pico in Los Angeles last week and attended services there every day in a Persian Shul. They have their own Siddurim. I even bought a copy which has interlinear Persian translation. It's ...
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Kohen k'rav ya'amod

Areshes Sfasainu - Volume 3 - page 251 says that saying Kohain Kerav is based on the verse of Moshe telling Aharon to come near to the Mizbaiach. ויאמר משה אל אהרן קרב אל המזבח He gives other ...
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Vishnitz Minhagim

Note that Vizhnitz today is not one, but three distinct Chassidus'n, each with slightly different minhagim. There are various dedicated Vizhnitzer siddurim which bring the main minhagim. Any major ...
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Kiddush - סברי מרנן ורבנן ורבותי

The source of saying this סברי formula is the שבלי הלקט in סימן קמ, quoted in בית יוסף אורח חיים קסז ד''ה כתוב. His original formulation is 'סברו מורי'. He explains that when one person wanted to be ...
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Marovis on Yom Tov

KAYJ of Jerusalem says them. As does Kehilas Ashkenaz of Bnei Brak. As does KAJ of Beitar. As does the Yekkish minyan in Kiryat Sefer.
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No mention of Korban Tamid in Amida

The Node Beyehuda (V1, OCH §4) discusses this question: ואשר בדק לן מעלתו למה פסוקי המוספין קבעו בתפלת המוסף ופרשת התמיד לא תיקנו לומר בתפלה פסוקי התמיד. Loosely translated: Why are the verses of the ...
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Yotzros for Musaf on Shabbos Shekalim

I heard that there is a Gemorah: If 2 people come together to pay the half Shekel they can give a shekel and they will have to pay a Kalbon (1/48 of a shekel) for a conversion fee I heard a vort in ...
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Why do we comfort a mourner with Hamakom Yenachem Eschem?

My own thought about this is as follows: "Makom" specifically alludes to the fact that God does not inhabit this world; this world inhabits Him. Put another way, the existence of the world is ...
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Pre-Rambam Teimani Siddur?

Yemenites today use a siddur called 'Tichlal'. It is not accurate to call it the "nusach of the Rambam", while it does have many parallels. It also contains pieces from other sources, some predating ...
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May a shul change its nusach?

I was there when the leaders of one shul asked R Eliezer Melamed (Rosh Yeshiva of Har Bracha and author of the very popular Peninei Halacha series of halacha books) whether they could change the ...
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