Book of Lamentations

The Book of Lamentation is one of the five scrolls included in the Hebrew Bible.  Traditionally attributed to the Prophet Jeremiah, it is read in synagogue on the evening of Tishah be-Av (the 9th of the month of Av in the Jewish calendar) which is a day of fasting and  mourning commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temple in Jerusalem.

Mark Podwal 

The Book of Lamentations
Illustrated by Mark Podwal
New York : National Council on Art in Jewish Life, 1974

Mark Podwal  1945 –
Painter, illustrator, author and a physician.  Born in New York, Mark Podwal may be best known for his drawings on The New York Times OP-ED page.  Much of his work centers on Jewish legend, tradition and history.  The book King Solomon and his Magic Ring won a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators in 1999.  For more information visit his website:


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