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In the copy of Echa I used this past 9 Av, the final p'sukim were followed by the notation "סימן יתק״ק". These stand for "ישעיה",‎ "תרי עשר",‎ "קהלת", and "קנות" (i.e. Echa). These are the four books of Tanach that have an unusual custom: when one reads their respective ends publicly, he repeats the second-to-last pasuk after the last is read. (We read the end of Y'sha'ya on Shabas rosh chodesh and the end of T're Asar on Shabas Hagadol.)

However, many sidurim in the S'faradi custom include Shir Hashirim before Kabalas Shabas, and repeat the second-to-last pasuk after the last.

So I wonder: Do any communities/traditions have both the סימן יתק״ק and the custom to repeat the second-to-last pasuk of Shir Hashirim? (Knowing the provenance of each may help answer that.) If so, how do such communities reconcile the two?

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acronyms? – Double AA Nov 26 '13 at 6:37
@DoubleAA, sure, but not over any of the ones already there, I don't think. Maybe over torah-reading. Do as you see fit. – msh210 Nov 26 '13 at 7:51
I was thinking over leil-shabbat just like you don't have sukkot rosh-chodesh-new-month tisha-bav or pesach. – Double AA Nov 26 '13 at 15:08
@DoubleAA, maybe. The question is about a minhag of kabalas Shabas. But no biggie. As I said, do as you see fit. – msh210 Nov 26 '13 at 16:58
In the teimoni shul I Daven in, when we say sheer hasheereem 3arab shabboth, we reapeat the last line I think and not the second to last. – MoriDoweedhYaa3qob Nov 26 '13 at 17:30

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