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It seems to be a common minhag to have a special trope for the end of a chapter when leining the megillot. I have seen this done in my shul, have done it myself, and also heard on various recordings, e.g. Rav Chaim Fessel for all five, and Rabbi Jeremy Wieder for Esther and Kohelet. (Interestingly, Rabbi Wieder only does this trope at the end of Ruth and Shir haShirim, but not at individual chapter breaks, and he doesn't do it at all for Eicha.)

My understanding is that the origin of the chapter breaks is Christian, and that there's no Jewish source for them, see e.g. Wikipedia. If this is correct, why do those who do an end of chapter trope mark these chapter breaks? If this is incorrect, where are the chapter breaks mentioned in Jewish sources?

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It seems clear that the chapter breaks of Eicha are of Jewish origin. Also, the Gemarah in Berachos discusses the chapters of Tehillim. – Ypnypn Mar 31 '14 at 1:16
Actually when I do Shir HaShirim, I divide it the way the Malbim says to do so. – Shalom Mar 31 '14 at 1:47
@Ypnypn Indeed, good point. Is the nature of the chapters of Eicha discussed anywhere in Gemara? – magicker72 Mar 31 '14 at 10:43
@Shalom Very interesting! Is that your own idea, or did you hear it from someone else? – magicker72 Mar 31 '14 at 10:44
I'm not sure you can use recordings of individual chapters as proof. Maybe they just finish that way because it's the end of the relevant section for the recording. – Double AA Mar 31 '14 at 15:24

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