Are there any minhagim which people do on shavous night as a substitute for staying up all night? I just want to know if this type of minhag exists or existed.

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    What do you mean by a substitute? Eat lots of dairy instead of staying up? I'm not sure why you think such a minhag would exist.
    – DonielF
    Commented May 28, 2017 at 23:34
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    Staying up all night is a minhag already. It's not a requirement. When you are up all night learning Torah, you gain the mitzvah of learning Torah, which, BTW, you should be doing, ideally, each moment of the day and night, if you physically could. I assume you also know that Torah learning is equal to accomplishing all other mitzvot. So, seriously - Is there any possible equal substitute for this?
    – DanF
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 1:34
  • To the three people who voted to close this question as "unclear what you're asking": it'd I think help the asker clarify the question if you'd comment nicely regarding what's unclear about it. (Fwiw I don't see anything unclear about it after my recent edit.)
    – msh210
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 4:32
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    Get a good night's sleep, then learn lots of Torah in the day!
    – Shalom
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 8:16
  • @msh210 You're either up or sleeping / dozing. It's a dichotomy. So, if there is a minhag to be up, how could NOT being up substitute for that? Am I missing some aspect, here? This comment is in addition to my previous one, namely what can one possibly substitute for the mitzvah of Torah learning, which, is usually listed as the top mitzvah, possible, that nothing else can surpass in importance?
    – DanF
    Commented May 29, 2017 at 16:58

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I saw it brought down in the שפתי חן on shavuos that some Rebbes make a tish on the first night in lieu of saying the tikkun leil shavuos because תערוך לפני שלחן has the same roshei teivos as תיקון ליל שבועות

Edit: it's seems that according to that minhag they stay up until just after chatzos and then go to sleep. This is considered their tikkun. It's my understanding that this is because our generation is considered too weak to stay up all night and do the full tikkun properly.


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