Artscroll's Take On The Arizal, Nusach Sefard, Chassidus
Excerpt from "The Arizal: The Life and Times of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria" by Nechemia Piontac (Artscroll - Pages 278-279)
The Ari's teachings are not only evident in chassidic thought, but also in the day-to-day life of its adherents. The tzaddikim and their followers preferred to adapt the customs of the Ari even where these ostensibly conflicted with the halachah as ruled in the Shulchan Aruch. They altered the text of the prayers, the familiar nusach Ashkenaz, which was a centuries-old tradition throughout Jewish communities, in favor of the Ari's text, today referred to as nusach S'fard.
R' Chaim Halberstam of Sanz in his Divrei Chaim writes:
"After the holy angel, the Baal Shem Tov, descended from heaven, he understood that his soul had not emerged from the gateway of nusach Ashkenaz...therefore whoever adheres to the precepts of the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples has embraced the version of the Arizal."
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