The Nusach Sefard order of the prayers is for Chassidim,
who, by the way are also Ashkenazi in origin. This nusach
is the used in Israel and in most shteebles (small private
Chassidic congregations) throughout the world. Many
Ashkenaz Jews attend both Nusach Sefard and Nusach
Ashkenaz shuls. The Nusach Sefard siddurim contains
some additional prayers, however, the overall content
differs only slightly from that of Nusach Ashkenaz.
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Differences in nusach are noted by the encircling of text. In
addition, flow charts are included in Volumes 2 and 5 of the
Hebrew Prayers Learning Series (HPLS) Six-Volume Set to
guide you through the order of the prayer service
The Nusach Ashkenaz prayers are used in most of the
larger Modern Orthodox and Conservative synagogues.
The siddurs for both the Orthodox and Conservative
Ashkenaz congregations are similar. The Conservative
siddur, however, omits some passages, and in some
instances, includes additional passages. The Reform
siddur is somewhat related to that of the Nusach Ashkenaz
siddur, but differs greatly in format. The Reform siddur is
not offered by the HPLS.
The Jewish community from Spain and Portugal are
referred to as Sephardi. The Sephardi prayer service is not
covered in the HPLS siddur.
|Pray in Nusach Ashkenaz, Nusach Sefard, Nusach
Ashkenaz, Nusach HaAri (Chabad)
Within the Ashkenaz community, there are three separate
sub-groups: Nusach Ashkenaz, Nusach Sefard, and
Nusach HaAri (Chabad Lubavitach).
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Nusach HaAri (Chabad)
The Nusach HaAri prayers are is used exclusively by the
Chabad Lubavitch. The Chabad siddur is almost identical
to that of the Nusach Sefard siddur, but contains some
differences. The major differences between Nusach Sefard
and Nusach HaAri are noted in the HPLS Siddur.
To avoid excessive instructions within the siddur, only the
main variations are noted for Nusach HaAri. In the absence
of any notation, it is assumed that Nusach HaAri is almost
identical to that of Nusach Sefard.