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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.
Photo of the HPLS Siddur, Six-Volume Set, showing the encircling of text
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
contain some additional prayers, however, the overall content differs only slightly from
that of Nusach Ashkenaz.
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. A Reform siddur is not offered by the HPLS, except for a Friday Night Study
Guide, which specifically was requested..
The Jewish community from Spain and Portugal are referred to as Sephardi.
The Sephardi prayer service is not covered in the HPLS siddur.
Within the Ashkenaz community, there are three separate sub-groups: Nusach
HaAri (Chabad Lubavitach), Nusach Ashkenaz, and Nusach Sefard.
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.
A companion siddur to the latest Chabad Lubavitch siddur is now available from
the HPLS. However, only two volumes of the planned six are finished so far.
For details of the Chabad companion siddur please see Chabad Siddur.
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