Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Tikkun Leil Shavuot

A tikkun is a correction. In kabbalistic circles it refers to a spiritual correction for some fault.

    The 16th century kabbalist, Rabbi Isaac Luria, known as the Ari — a Hebrew acronym for the “Godly Rabbi Isaac” — established the custom of learning Torah all night on the Shavuot eve. A tikkun is a correction. In kabbalistic circles it refers to a spiritual correction for some fault. There are several types of tikkunim. For example, Tikkun Hatzot (midnight) is a midnight prayer mourning the destruction of the Temple and yearning for its rebuilding.  

    According to the Midrash, the children of Israel overslept the morning of the giving of the Torah and God had to rouse them with a shofar blast. As a tikkun, the Ari instigated the custom of all night learning. Where there had been too much sleep, there was now no sleep.

    Leil is an abbreviated form of leilah (night). Instead of saying haleilah shel Shavuot (the night of Shavuot)one can condense this mouthful into leil Shavuot. Leil has no meaning when not connected to a noun, such as Shavuot or Shabbat. It can be painful for Israelis spending time in England to hear people say, “Are you going to the Tikkun Leil?” The word “Shavuot” in this phrase is not optional.

Comment

One day good, two days bad

Jennifer Lipman

Friday, October 12, 2012

One day good, two days bad
Comment

Praise be for the chicken-free celebration of c...

Jennifer Lipman

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Praise be for the chicken-free celebration of c...
Recipes

Baked custard cheesecake

Anonymous

Friday, May 18, 2012

Baked custard cheesecake
Features

Thank heaven for Shavuot

Simon Rocker

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thank heaven for Shavuot
Recipes

Goat’s cheese and spinach cheesecake

Fabienne Viner Luzzato

Monday, May 21, 2012

Goat’s cheese and spinach cheesecake
Recipes

Milk and honey fudge

Ruth Joseph

Friday, May 18, 2012

Milk and honey fudge
Jewish ways

Reading the Book of Ruth on Shavuot

Anonymous

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reading the Book of Ruth on Shavuot
Recipes

No-bake chocolate cheesecake

Anonymous

Friday, May 18, 2012

No-bake chocolate cheesecake
Jewish ways

Flowers on shavuot

Anonymous

Friday, May 18, 2012

Flowers on shavuot