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.
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.
In addition to the encircling of text, flow charts (see below
for a typical flow chart) are included in Volumes 2 and 5 of
the HPLS 6-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 HPLS, however, provides a Friday
night study guide of the Reform Service..
Photo of the HPLS Siddur, Six-Volume Set, showing the encircling of text
The Hebrew Prayers Learning Series (HPLS) six-volume set is
written for all three major nusachim. The differences between
nusach is indicated within the siddur by notes, flow diagrams, and
boxes around specific text. The following paragraphs describe the
different nusachim covered in the HPLS siddurim.
|This page describes the order of the prayers (Nusach)
|Pray in Nusach Ashkenaz, Nusach Sefard, Nusach Ashkenaz, Nusach HaAri (Chabad)
|Phonetic-Transliterated Prayer Books (Siddurim)
The Jewish community from Spain and Portugal are referred
to as Sephardi. The Sephardi prayer service is not covered in
the HPLS siddur.