Lamentations (la-men-TAY-shins) listen


Example Sentences

  • "The Book of Esther is read annually to satisfy our obligation to remember the events of Purim; the Book of Lamentations is read as part of our duty to mourn the Destruction of the Temple."

Languages of Origin

  • English


  • due to the storyline, lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish people's exile

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      Book of Lamentations


  • "Chanted to a sad melody, the book tells the story of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.E. and the exile of the Jewish people." (JPS)

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