Tikkun leil Shavuot


Tikkun leil Shavuot (tee-KOON LAYL shah-voo-OT) listen


  • n. The tradition of staying up all night on Shavuot to engage in Jewish learning.

Example Sentences

  • "Everyone in my friend group has prepared something for tikkun leil Shavuot this year.

  • "The Tikun Leyl Shavuot was just great up until three-thirty. Then I fell asleep..." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • תִּקּוּן לֵיל שָׁבוּעוֹת‎ tikun leil shavu'ot, lit. 'service of Shavuot night'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Tikkun leil Shavuos, Tikun leil Shavuot, Tikun leil Shavuos, Tikkun leyl Shavuot, Tikkun leyl Shavuos, Tikun leyl Shavuot, Tikun leyl Shavuos

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