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Maybe because most people go to sleep much later than they used to? Before electric lighting people might have gone to bed around nightfall or shortly after (i.e., 6 or 7 PM), and might well wake up for a little while in the middle of the night (as in the article linked in Avi's comment); whereas nowadays it's common to stay up until 10 PM or later, and ...


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The Shulchan Aruch Harav (1:8 in the Mahadura Basra) says that Chatzos is calculated by finding chatzos hayom and adding 12 (civil) hours to it.


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You probably want The Sweetest Hour; it's a Breslov publication. They claim it's the first English translation of Tikun Chatzot.


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There are a few reasons: People say it privately, just because you don't see it means it doesn't exist. It was always meant more for special people (yechidei sgulah) As we approach Moshiach, Tshuva should be done only from joy and not from bitterness. (Source: the speech "Margala b'puma d'rava..." from the Lubavitcher rebbe, 5746.)


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I have seen a very good article (possibly by Slifkin) that explains that in the days before candles became cheap and people's sleep cycles were defined by dusk and dawn, it was quite normal to wake up in the middle of the night and tikkun chatzos was less "out of the way". I am still trying to find that article, but I have found a similar article that ...


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The reason I believe we don't say tachanun on Tisha ba'av is because it is considered a holiday in Eicha because eventually we will celebrate Tisha ba'av as a holiday. According to this, one should still say it because at the present time its not a holiday and saying tikkun chatzot is still needed. There are also two tikkuns ,tikkun Rachel Tikun Leah. The ...


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Its in the Ben Ish Chai Shana 1 hilchos Tisha ba'av halacha 25 where he brings such an idea.


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I'm not familiar with the procedures of Tikkun Chatzos, but the following may help: We re strict to wash our hand for ruach ra'a after sleeping even if it's not the morning (S.A. O.C 4:14). No bracha is said on any washing for ruach ra'a unless it is the wash for tefilla. Generally birchos hatorah covers you until you go to sleep at night (stam daas). If ...


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No, I don't think so. Are you looking for an English translation, commentary, what are you looking for?


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Rabbi Yissochor Frand qoutes Harav Isser Zalman Meltzer in regards to davening vasikin (which halachically is more significant) that mainstream judiasm has stopped emphasizing vasikin because it leaves people too tired to learn well the rest of the day.


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Amongst Sefaradi and Sefaradi Mekubalim it is very common. For the exact procedure, there is actually a Mahloket Aharonim. The Hida created a prayer called "Oy Li" while it seems that R' Yaakov Hilel Shelit"a quoting the Ben Ish Hai is opposed to it, but otherwise it is all the same (see Shaare Tefila 1:1. Ben Ish Hai Wayeshev 13. More Baesba 2:45. Amud ...



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