On Tisha B’Av we mourn the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash. The recitation of kinnos is meant to help us grieve over the tragedies that befell the Jewish people at this time. Many of us, however, say the words of the kinnoswithout comprehending their meaning and therefore without truly feeling the sorrow or anguish that the day warrants. This book addresses this issue by explaining the message each kinnahis conveying.
Meaningful Kinnos is based on the shiurim and writings of:
Rabbi Yisroel Riesman
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz
Rabbi Yaacov Haber
Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Rabbi Jacob J. Shachter
Rabbi Noach Oelbaum
Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb
Rabbi Hershel Schachter
Written in an easy-to-read format, Meaningful Kinnos is concise yet comprehensive. By including the text of Megillas Eicha, the Torah reading for Tisha B’Av, and all of the kinnos recited both in the evening and morning, this book contains everything needed for the Tisha B’Av service.
“I commend the author for providing this guide as a companion to the Kinnos. I am confident that it will contribute to making the recitation of the Kinnos more understandable and hence more meaningful as its title suggests.
- RABBI ZEV LEFF
“The aptly-named ‘Meaningful Kinnos’ … undoubtedly facilitates understanding and kavanna and enables the reader to experience the fullness and power of mourning.”
- RABBI YITZCHAK BREITOWITZ
“The excellent elucidation of the main and varied themes of the Kinnos contained in ‘Meaningful Kinnos’ will no doubt help many people connect to the texts and, as a result, have a more meaningful Tisha B'Av experience.”
- RABBI DOVID GOTTLIEB
“The content [of this book] is both thought provoking and informative. For all those who want to make their kinnos experience more meaningful and impactful, I highly recommend ‘Meaningful Kinnos’.”
- RABBI SHALOM ROSNER