Kinot: Aleph Beta — On Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av), the day on which we mourn the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash (the ancient Temple), Jews customarily gather in synagogues to recite kinot – liturgical poems that reflect upon themes of tragedy and loss.
‘These Stones Are Not Silent’: Meir Y. Soloveitchik, Commentary, June 2022
Where Are God’s Tears in Lamentations?: Prof. Edward L. Greenstein, The Torah.com, July 16, 2021
Shomron Kol Titein: Let the Silent Sisters Speak and be Consoled: Yosef Lindell, Lehrhaus, July 14, 2021
On the Ninth of Ab: Frank Talmadge, Commentary, October 1981
For Further Reference:
With Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel discussing 1096 (The First Crusade) and the Jews: Sephorim Chatter Podcast, Season 3, Ep. 62, July 24, 2022 — With Prof. Ephraim Kanarfogel discussing 1096 (the First Crusade), the historical sources and chronicles, and the Kinnos composed in its aftermath
The Book of Lamentations: Rabbi Irving Greenberg, My Jewish Learning — Also called Eicha, the Book of Lamentations (which is in the Writings/Ketuvim section of the Tanakh/Hebrew Bible) is an intricate set of dirges and descriptions of Jerusalem under siege and of the destruction of the First Temple.
Tisha B’Av 2022: Let’s End the Hatred of Jew Vs. Jew: Joshua Goldstein, Algemeiner, July 28, 2022 — Before we can truly address the threat of antisemitism, we — as Jews — need to confront the hatred we harbor for one another.
Recounting the History of Yemeni Jews on Tisha B’Av: Jeremy Rosen, Algemeiner, Aug. 9, 2019 — Ever since I first visited a Yemenite community in Israel way back in 1958, I have had a soft spot for Yemeni Jews — for their warmth and deep religious devotion. And, of course, their food and dress. I was impressed to see how Yemeni children could read the Torah from any angle.