Tikkun Leyl Shavuot

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At Shavuot, which in 2017 begins on the evening of Tuesday 30 May, there is a tradition of staying up all night and learning in a 'Tikkun Leyl Shavuot': 'tikkun' means 'to repair' and 'leyl' is 'night'. Jewish tradition tells the story that the children of Israel overslept on the morning of the giving of the Torah and God had to wake them with a loud shofar (horn) blast. To ensure that no one oversleeps and misses anything, a sixteenth century rabbi, Isaac Luria, began the tradition of staying up all night learning on the eve of Shavuot.

To make for a rich Tikkun Leyl experience, Limmud volunteers have compiled Chavruta study materials on the theme of peoplehood.

It's also available in Spanish

You can study these sources in pairs or in groups and anywhere - at home, in a community building, in a coffee shop, or even outdoors, if the weather is good enough! And do share this with others or use them with your community. There are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers, simply enjoy the learning, knowing that fellow Limmudniks around the world are learning the same texts in their communities.

We hope that you enjoy studying with this resource. We would love to hear how it went - please do email us with who took part, where and when you used it, if it helped shape your study session and how it went. We look forward to hearing from you!

We hope that this inspires you to get the most out of your learning as part of the international Limmud community of learning and we wish you a very happy Shavuot, a Chag Shavuot sameach!

The Limmud Chavruta Team

Thank you for supporting Limmud this Shavuot

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Previous Shavuot E-resources

You can download the previous compilations, 2016 materials on the theme of offerings, 2015 materials on the theme of revelation, 2014 materials on the theme of learning, here:

2016 - Offerings

2015 - Revelation

2014 - Learning