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The concept of a universal minhag or nusach is very much a modern invention. In previous generations, these things could change and vary depending on the region. In other words, each locale might have had its own unique customs and variations. As mentioned by other users on this question, Nusach Ashkenaz generally refers to the nusach of German Jewry and ...


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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 Artscroll calls Nusach Ashkenaz is really what in the past was referred to as Nusach Polin. Nusach Lita has pretty much fallen out of use although some aspects of ...


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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 America when everyone was mixed up and they had to print "common denominator" siddurim, things got simplified, and in some cases oversimplified. It's ...


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