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The Kinnos read nowadays on Tisha B'Av seem to have been standardized more or less amongst Ashkenazim to the same 40-odd kinnos, but it obviously wasn't always the case. Many of the Kinnos were written in the past 1000 years by authors across Europe. Undoubtedly there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of dirges written about tragedies which have befallen the Jewish people throughout our history. Yet only a very limited selection of kinnos have made their way into almost every Ashkenaz Kinnos publication available today.

Who compiled and arranged the Ashkenaz Kinnos the way we have them today, and when did this take place?

  • Are there Sephardic Kinnos that are different than the Ashkenazic versions? I wasn't aware there was another compilation. – Earl Aug 8 '17 at 3:06
  • @Earl Apparently so. Wiki has an extensive list of Kinnot for Sephardim and Edot Mizrach: bit.ly/2wopYCF and here is one publication of Sepharadi Kinnot: mekorjudaica.com/… – Chaim Aug 8 '17 at 3:13
  • Have you checked the Art Scroll Kinot? I think he attributes most of them to Rav Elazar Hakalir. – DanF Aug 8 '17 at 13:37
  • @DanF many of them are indeed written by R Eleazar HaKalir. Your point? – Chaim Aug 8 '17 at 13:39
  • Huh?? Didn't you ask who compiled most of the Kinnot? – DanF Aug 8 '17 at 14:37

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