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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Midnight - Chatzos

It should be very well known that Rabbainu said that the main job of a Jew is to get up and start his day at midnight (there were Breslov women who also did this, for example the wife of Shmuel Horowitz, but I don't know if it was expected from them. Women are not supposed to say "Tikun Chatzos", but I'm not sure why, and I'm not even sure if that is a binding halacha, I just saw it brought down somewhere), midnight being 6 hours (regular 60 minute hours) after nightfall, and in the summer, in some places in the world where the night is shorter than 6 hours, one is supposed to get up and begin the day before dawn.

Rabbainu made it clear that his main intent in revealing his teachings was that everyone should actually fulfill, enact, do, practice, and carry out the ideas of the lessons. Even still everything Rabbainu said has infinite levels of understanding that should be studied and contemplated. Often one can discover deeper meanings and merit to fulfill even those sublime nuances in a practical manner.

One of the things getting up for Chatzos signifies is the breaking of the darkest times, for midnight is the darkest hour, the peek of the night, bringing in light and ushering transformation to goodness and Godliness. Getting up for chatzos is a daily requirement, but this is something that we must do throughout our lives. When things seem to have reached complete darkness, an abyss of despair, we must wake ourselves up for chatzos, to split and break apart the gloom, and shine in new light of renewal and hope.

There are times in life, and even on a global historical level - times in the world, which don't have a chatzos, they are like the short nights of the summer, just severe blackness augmented by the great light that proceeded and is anticipated. Take for example the Holocaust which was "only" for 6 years, even taking into account another 30 years of the hard times the world suffered then, this is a relatively small amount of time in history, and not even half of a person's life span. In such times the main job is to make sure to be awake and alert to watch the darkness dissipate and be ready to begin something radicly new and exciting.


Anonymous said...

According to the ARIzl in Shaar haKavanot, women may recite Tikun Chatzot.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering that they may recite it but they are not obligued to that as women are exempt of a positive commandment subjected to time according to Rambam.However, doing that if they can would work as a plus besides sharing this precious time somehow with their husbands.We also know that whatever their husbands learn in this world will be added to the righteous woman in the world to come.NNNNM!:)