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I fully understand my fellow Jews being insulted by Brueggemann's contextualizing the horrors of the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem recorded in the book of Lamentations by using 9/11 as an analogy. As they have stated above, the terrors of the two events are nowhere close to being on the same scale. That said, it is a useful analogy to provide young people with *some* degree of a reference for understanding Lamentations. In fact, I recall a few years ago Rabbi Irwin Kula took the transcriipts of phone calls made by victims of the attack on the World Trade Center to their loved ones during their last moments of life and set them to the melody used for reading the book of Lamentations on Tisha Be-Av, the Jewish holiday commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem nearly two-thousand years ago. It can be heard here: