Eicha in Depth
“Oh, how has the city that was once so populous remained lonely! She has become like a widow. She that was great among the nations, a princess among the provinces, has become tributary. She weeps, she weeps in the night, and her tears are on her cheek; she has no comforter among all her lovers; all her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies… Why do You forget us forever, forsake us so long? Restore us to You, Hashem, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old. ”
Eichah Ch.1 and 5

The Book of Lamentations (Eichah) is renowned as a heart-rending elegy to the destruction of Jerusalem, the first Temple and the loss of Jewish sovereignty at the hands of the Babylonian conquerors.

But is it possible to find comfort in the scroll of Eichah?

In this course, we will examine the poetry, passion, and purpose of the book of Eichah. Using the commentaries and thinkers from the Midrash to Rashi to Dr. Yael Ziegler, we will follow the themes of famine, false prophets, and the quest for God.

Join the Academy and Dayla Erster in partnership with Greenside Shul & Waverley Shul as we plumb the depths of despair, devotion and courage.

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