New Poll: Tikkun Leil Shavuot
It has become customary to stay up all night Shavuot to learn Torah especially in wake of the Sh'lah Hakodesh's story about that famous "all-nighter" in Z'fat. Here is a survey of several possibilities, please feel free to pick more than one 1. Staying Up all night is nice, but davening with Kavvanah in the morning is even MORE important 2. Similarly it's better to go to bed on time and arise early and learn before davening - even though that's not the minhag 3. Staying up all night is a rite of passage for youngsters. Adults should learn a bit and then get a good night's sleep. 4 Since, it's Minhag Yisroel therefore everyone should stay up all night learning unless they have a medical excuse 5. One should stick to learning the Tikkun as instituted by the Sh'lah Hakoseh himself. And only when it's been completed may one learn other subjects 6. Echad hamarbeh v'echad hamam'it - uvilvad she'y'chavein et libbo lashamayim.
What's your choice?
Your Responses (total - 7 respondents; 10 selections) Choice A - 29% (2) 20%
Respondents were allowed to mark more than one choice
Choice B - 14% (1) 10%
Choice C - 43% (3) 30%
Choice D - 00% (0) 00%
Choice E - 00% (0) 00%
Choice F - 57% (4) 40%
I found it interesting that no one choose D or E which would clearly seem to imply that individuals considered there to be a greater value in the effect of this minhag versus the form. The form, though, at least in terms of staying up all night learning, was given value as a right of passage indicating that experiencing Tikkun Leil Shavuot has its place as a positive effect in a lifetime although not perhaps on a yearly basis.