Lamentations (1) An Introduction: Mourning for Jerusalem

Article 1 of 5 in the series Lamentations

Exposition | by | Volume 29, Issue 5 | September – October 2023


As the story has it, Napoleon was walking through a small village in France, when he heard weeping coming from inside a small ramshackle building nearby. The sound was enough to stop Napoleon in his tracks and compel him to investigate this commotion. As he entered the building, he happened upon a group of Jews sprawled pathetically across a stone floor, reading a scroll by candlelight, weeping as they read. In astonishment, Napoleon turned to his men, wanting to know what great calamity had befallen the Jewish people for them to weep in such a way. 

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