Kumi V’Roni: Tikkun Chatzot
The 27th of Nissan is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Asher Margulies, a Yerushalmi mekubal, author of Kumi V’Roni on the laws and customs of Tikkun Chatzot – The special service recited at midnight
mourning the destruction of the Temple and the exile of the Shechina – Divine Presence with the Children of Israel.
The Hebrew word for city, “Ir,” shares the same root as “Hitorerut,” to stir and awaken. One who stirs himself to awaken at midnight to recite the Tikkun Chatzot stirs the very heavens with his prayers and actions.
Note: My Uncle Noach zt”l often taught that the most effective form of Tikkun Chatzot is to stop at least once during the day, consider how the Children of Israel suffer physically and spiritually in exile, and how much the world constantly attacks Israel in every possible way. We should reflect on this until we can begin to experience what God “feels” over the destruction and exile.