The Kinot of the First Crusades: History, Poetry, and Themes
Rabbi Yaakov Jaffe
In this 3-part series, we will look at a selection of the Kinot of Tisha B'Av, and investigate their historical background, poetic turns-of-phrase, and major ideas and themes, which help set the tone for the Tisha B'Av day. We will consider both the events that the Kinot commemorate, and also the historical context of the authors writing the liturgical poems, and continue to keep Tisha B'Av relevant even in changing times. We will also look at the poetic techniques used and the allusions to Talmudic and Biblical material that keep the Kinot rich and resonant. This year, we will look at the Kinot of the 1st crusade, the specific unique themes they raise, and the historical and halachic questions the crusades presented.
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