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I do not think we can identify precisely what the origin of the phrase is. What we can attest to is which early sources either included it (eg Rasag, Rambam, et al) or absented it (Mahzor Vitry, Roqeah, Sefer haMinhagim, et al). Moshe Halamish (ch. 30 of הקבלה בתפילה בהלכה ובמנהג) produces a lengthy list of sources, ranging from early siddurim, halakhic ...


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As pointed out in a different answer, the Rambam says to include the phrase as part of Kaddish. It is very logical to include it as well. The whole Kaddish is praying for G-d's greatness and exaltedness to be revealed to the whole world. The time when this will be carried out will be the Messianic era. Thus, it's very appropriate to include it. The question ...


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The Rambam when he brings down the Nusach of Tefila (at the end of Sefer Ahava), writes that one should say ויצמח פורקניה ויקרב משיחיה. However, he does not say that one should answer Amen to this. Rabbi Shlomo Lorincz in his book, "In their Shadow" writes that Rabbi Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik (1886-1959), better known as the Brisker Rav when ...


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I was only able to find a solutions to some issues you raised. Answer based on the סידור רבינו הזקן עם ציונים והערות (picture below) and מאמר נוסח התפלה סי' יג: Why do we say א-ל חי (nusach 3 and 5)? See Shaeri Orah from רבינו יוסף גיקיטיליא who writes (printed in מאמר נוסח התפלה): וכל הרוצה לבקש חיים טובים יתכוין למדת א"ל ח"י: Whoever wants to ...


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