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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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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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