SHARED LAMENT AT THE ABBEY

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

THE re­mem­brance ser­vice at West­min­ster Abbey on Mon­day for the 100th an­niver­sary of the start of World War One in­cluded a pas­sage from Jeremiah’s Lamen­ta­tions — the same book that was read in syn­a­gogues up and down the coun­try that very night to mark the fast of Tishah b’Av.

An abbey spokesman told me the choice was co­in­ci­den­tal and they were un­aware of the link with the Jewish cal­en­dar. Lamen­ta­tions was cho­sen for its gen­eral theme of loss and de­struc­tion.

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