I'm (b'li neder) learning K'suvim for the first time, and am doing so with the commentary of the M'tzudos (that is, M'tzudas Tziyon and M'tzudas David). I chose the M'tzudos because they

  • are written in simple, easy to understand language;
  • explain every part of every verse (or almost);
  • translate any difficult words that appear in the scripture; and
  • give (usually) merely an explanation of the scripture, without complex analysis and without midrashim.
I'm up to Echa, on which there's no commentary of the M'tzudos. Can anyone recommend a commentary on Echa, please, that meets some or all of the above criteria? (Please state which it meets and to what extent.)

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    I have to double-check, but I'm pretty sure the author of the chumash shai l'morah did an pseudo-Metzudot for all the megillas found in the back of the chumash, including Eicha – Menachem Dec 1 '13 at 9:25
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    I have a Qinot le-Tsh'ah be-Av booklet published by "SHAY LAMORA" which includes Eikha with Rashi and the [pseudo-] Metzudot commentary, about which it says: "הפירושים בלי כל ראשי תיבות/ והסדר עם רווח בין השורות/ למגילות רות איכה ואסתר / שבהם פירוש המצודות חסר/ ערכנו פירוש בית מצודות / מהבית ומהמקורות שמהם נשאבות/ ועל יסוד שערכו בליוורנו/ אברהם טולוסא וישראל קושטא/ ועתה נתחבר בירושלים/ ונערך מחדש בכפלים/ בעזרת השם הגדול והנורא/ במכון שי למורא". It seems to concur with what @Menachem says. – Tamir Evan Dec 1 '13 at 15:22
  • Many thanks to you both, Menachem, @TamirEvan. Perhaps write that up as an answer below? – msh210 Dec 1 '13 at 17:52

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 Devarim as well.

  • I upvoted this when I first read it. I haven't given it the checkmark, though, because, sad to say, it doesn't actually help me. I'm really looking (though I didn't mention this in the question) for a text that is available either online free or in a local synagogue, and the volumes you mention are AFAICT neither. – msh210 Dec 26 '13 at 3:12
  • @msh210: many synagogues have the Chumash Shai LaMora, you might check around. – Menachem Dec 26 '13 at 3:28

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