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.
HPLS publications defined the Nusach of the the Ashkenaz and Sephardic
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 (HahAhRee)
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 are included
in Volumes 2 and 5 of the HPLS 6-Volume Set to indicate
where to go next in the siddur.
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.
Photo of the HPLS Siddur, Six-Volume Set, showing the encircling of text
The Jewish community from Spain and Portugal are referred
to as Sephardi. The Sephardi prayer service is not covered in
the HPLS siddur.
The HPLS six-volume set is written for all three major nusachim.
The differences between nusach is indicated by notes in the siddur,
flow diagrams, and boxes around specific text. The following
paragraphs describe the different nusachim covered in the HPLS
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