Browse Zemanim: Shabouot: A Powerful Tradition - Staying up all night
It is our tradition to remain awake the entire first night of Shabuoth and learn
Torah. The rewards for doing so are tremendous. People who are able to stay up are
written in Hashem's "Book of Remembrances" and are given many berachot for simply
staying up and learning.
Why do we stay up? During the actual giving of the
Torah, which lasted all night, Bnei Yisrael were falling asleep. Hashem needed to
keep them awake with loud voices of thunder and visually stimulating cracks of lightening.
This tradition has been implemented to show Hashem how we yearn to be His nation,
by staying up all night and learning His Torah.
People who decide to take
part in this grand unifying global tradition, must be careful to not speak of idle
things during the night. One must not lose sight of the fact that the idea is to
remain awake and learn Torah- and not speak about business or sports. One who remains
awake all night does not have to say "Al Nitilat Yadayim" during Berchot Hashahar.