Shabbat Hol Hamo’ed Sukkot / The Sun of Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes seeks to teach the reader that light and darkness coexist in the life of every person: Light is the experience of the present, while darkness is a reminder of the fate that awaits all.

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Images of light and darkness frame the Book of Ecclesiastes (named for its author, who is called Kohelet in Hebrew). In the opening verses, the author explains: “Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far...