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The Gemara (Sanhedrin 104b) says that it is because peh means "mouth" and ayin means eye, and it therefore symbolizes the sin of the spies, "who said with their mouths [false reports about the Land of Israel] that they did not see with their eyes." Maharsha there adds that the regular order was retained in the first chapter of Eicha, because otherwise we ...


We did it in my shul for practical reasons. When you read the megilla out loud, it makes you thirsty. Nobody wants to get really thirsty at the beginning of a 25 hour fast, so you split up the reading so that one person does not have to do the whole thing.


The Eitz Yosef says it might have been a ruse to get them to shave their peyos harosh and beard. The Matna Kehuna says it is a warning to his soldiers and hair of the head is an expressing for finding a person, meaning if he finds any Jew he will chop off the head of the officer who failed to kill the Jew. He brings a variant text where a first proclamation ...


The Shay LaMora Publishing House has published Megilat Eicha with a commentary they call Beit Metzudot, a commentary in the style of the Metzudot for Megilot that don't have them. You can see it on their website here, and you can read the text quoted by @TamirEvan (in his comment) by clicking on the picture. This is included in the Chumash Shay LaMora for ...


R. Yitz Etshalom has a really good article about the structure of Eicha. Basically, you are noticing the common A B C B A pattern of much of Tanach literature. I believe this structure is also explained by Nechama Leibowitzes work on Tanach. In this case, Chapter 4 set's the "fold" of those 3 chapters. While the article of R. Etshalom does not discuss ...


The Jewish approach to mourning and what to mourn about "Al Eilah Ani Bocheah"


Reading it helps to make the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash more real to us. That, in turn, fuels a stronger desire to do whatever we can to increase our Jewish knowledge and observance, in order to bring it back.


Take a look at Mechon Mamre's text of Eicha. It looks like in the first, second, and fourth prakim, there is a setumah between every pasuk, and a petuchah at the end of the perek. In the third perek, the setumah is after every 3rd pasuk. In the fifth perek, there is a petuchah after verse 18 (עַ֤ל הַר־צִיּוֹן֙ שֶׁשָּׁמֵ֔ם). However, this is not uniform. ...


the previous verse reads: "Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old." Perhaps the prophet means to plea for the latter verse due to the harsh treatment received during the churban (destruction). Like a son who was beaten harshly by his father and the father feels bad, so the son seizes the opportunity to make a demand


There are those that do Chapter 3 with a different tune due to its different rhythm. פרק ג׳ הוא 'קינה אישית' למעט באותיות נ׳ וס׳, המנוסחות בלשון רבים. שאר הקינות מדברות על גורלו המר של העם הסובל מחורבנו ומחורבן ארצו, עירו ומקדשו. נגינת הטעמים של 'איכה' אף היא מלנכולית ומזכירה בכי ונהי. ...

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