Suppose everyone in the Shul remained awake the whole night of Shavuos. What do you do regarding Birchas HaTorah?

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With regard to Birchas Hatorah, Mishna B'rura (47:28) brings a difference of opinion if one should recite Birchas Hatorah after a sleepless night, and therefore rules that one need not say the b'racha (ספק ברכות להקל). However, if possible one should hear it said by someone else and respond "amen", as is usually done Shavuos morning. If no one slept, though, it would seem this is not possible, and everyone should have in mind to be yotzei with the b'racha of ahava rabba before k'rias shema, and then say some p'sukim or learn some Torah immediately after shacharis.

However, if someone took a nap on erev Shavuos, then proceeded to stay awake the entire night, the Mishna B'rura brings the ruling of R' Akiva Eger, that he must recite Birchas Hatorah according to all opinions in the dispute cited above. That said, you will most always find someone who is obligated to say Birchas Hatorah.

Of course, as usual, for practical rulings, CYLOR.

  • The RAE trick probably only works if you for some reason didn't say Maariv (including Ahavat Olam) the night before, since the blessings on shema exempt you if you needed it after napping.
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 22, 2015 at 16:55

According to Rav Ovadia Yosef (for sepharadim), you say morning berachot as normal starting from אלהי נשמה (and including birkat hatorah) at Alot HaShachar.

  • Source? (15 characters)
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 11:23


When this happened at my shul about 12 years ago, the rabbi simply sent someone up to say the b'rachos aloud on behalf of the congregation.

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    You can mention who the Rabbi is and it would qualify as a "Maase Rav". Commented Jun 5, 2011 at 17:24

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