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The Book of Ecclesiastes, written by King Solomon; traditionally read on the holiday of Sukkot.

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Do the Rabbanim know more than King Solomon about the reality of post-death?

I believe it's accepted in the mainstream that Kohelet is authored by King Solomon in his wisdom. In it, he writes: 19- For there is a happening for the children of men, and there is a happening ...
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Bleak thoughts of Kohelet vs the Mitzvah of Simhah

This question is a follow up to "Why-do-we-read-kohelet-on-sukkos. The answers there failed to find any reliable source for a connection. I would like to emphasize one aspect of Kohelet - it's ...
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What does the “three-stranded cord” mean in Kohelet 4:12?

What is the "three-stranded cord" mentioned in Kohelet 4:12? And if a man prevails against the one, the two will stand against him, and a three- stranded cord will not quickly be broken. ...
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“Do not be overly righteous…why be left desolate?” -(artscroll translation)

Shlomo Hamelech says in Koheles Chapter 7 pasuk 16 "Do not be overly righteous...why be left desolate?" -(artscroll translation) Does anyone know the meaning of this? Are we not supposed to be as much ...
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What is the status of Koheles and Shir HaShirim in the bathroom?

Depending on the Tanna, Koheles and Shir HaShirim might not be considered a part of Tanach, but merely written from Shlomo HaMelech's wisdom. Therefore, unlike books of Tanach, one who touches these ...
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Why is 'לִבִּי' treated as a separate entity in Kohelet?

Kohelet is a chronicle of King Solomon's life journey to understand the 'meaning of it all'. In this short klaf the phrase לִבִּי (and variants on the word for 'heart') is used some 30 times (mainly ...
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Does the Midrash imply that one should give up his life for “smaller” mitzvos?

The Midrash (Bamidbar Rabbah 14:6) expounds the Pesukim in Koheles (8:2-3): Based on several incidents, the Midrash interprets "ani" as indicating that one's awe should be over you. Thus, "Ani, the ...
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Kohelet 12:13 what does kol ha'adam mean

Looking at the verse of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 12:13 I found a couple of translations for כי-זה כל-האדם : ...for this is the whole of man ... for these are for all of mankind ... for these applies ...
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Kohelet and women

I'm curious about the meaning of verse 7.28 from Kohelet: "Which my soul sought yet, but I did not find; one man out of a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I did not find." It seems to ...
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Does this quotation have its roots in the words of King Solomon?

I once read that this quotation, which comes from the 2001 Hollywood film "A Beautiful Mind", scripted by Akiva Goldsman, is based on words of King Solomon: "It is good to have a beautiful mind, but ...
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Makers and Creators: Job 35:10 & 12:1 Kohelet singular v.s. plural

After reading the description of the Zohar from the Chabad website, I got confused: What is the correct translation for Job 35:10: 'My Maker', ' Our Maker', or Makers? After searching the internet ...
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Ramban and the generations

I heard someone mention the folowing: The Ramban in the writings on sefer koheles make an interesting diyuk. Koheles (1:4) tell us, “A generation goes and a generation comes.” The Ramban tell us that ...
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Must we wear white clothes?

Matt wrote here about תפלין‎ (Tefillin) that "they were all black". I have also seen jewish men wearing only black. How do the jews traditionally follow commandment of God (relating to happiness we ...
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what is love — Rebbe of Kotzk: “You don't love fish.” King Solomon: “Whoever loves silver”

Where can I find the source of the following story about the Rebbe of Kotzk? At a Shabbat dinner, a chassid once told the Rebbe of Kotzk, "I love fish." The Rebbe responded, "You don't love fish. If ...
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Kohelet citation - better peace and poor then rich and without peace

I remember that there is some citation in Kohelet meaning "better peace and poor then rich and without peace", but cannot recall the exact source... Does someone remember?
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Why does Koheleth 12:1 use בוראיך instead of בוראך?

Koheleth 12:1 says: וּזְכֹר, אֶת-בּוֹרְאֶיךָ, בִּימֵי, בְּחוּרֹתֶיךָ: עַד אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יָבֹאוּ, יְמֵי הָרָעָה, וְהִגִּיעוּ שָׁנִים, אֲשֶׁר תֹּאמַר אֵין-לִי בָהֶם חֵפֶץ. 1 Remember then thy ...
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Why does the prefix She- appear in only Tehillim, Shir Hashirim, and Koheles?

The prefix שֶׁ is very common in Mishnaic and Modern Hebrew, but in Tanakh appear rarely, except in Tehillim, Shir Hashirim, and Koheles, where it is all over the place. Why are these books the only ...
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What does Koheles 9:1 have to do with the surrounding verses?

The last part of chapter 8 of קהלת and the first part of chapter 9 discuss the fact that good things happen to bad people and bad things to good people. It notes that this is a shame, since it leads ...
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Ibn Ezra vs. Hachamim in Regards to Piyyutim

In Kohelet 5:1 (Al Tibahel), Ibn Ezra has a lengthy, harsh critique of R. Eliezer HaKalir and other Paytanim for their poetry's components (in short: flowery language, the use of allegory/metaphor/...
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Why don't Sephardim read Kohelet on Sukkot?

It is the custom among Ashkenazim to read Kohelet on the Shabbat of Chol HaMoed Sukkot. Is there any reason why Sephardim never took on (or stopped) this custom?
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What is the original meaning of the word “hevel”?

I am not religious myself, but lately I have found myself somewhat attracted to Ecclesiastes. Reading about it, I am fascinated about what seems to be endless meanings and interpretations of the word ...
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Why is Shlomo Hamelech called Koheles in the book of the same name?

What does the word "Koheles" mean and why is Shlomo called that?
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Where was it first said that “The generation is diminishing and diminishing”? (הדור הולך ופוחת)

in Hebrew we have an adage that says “הדור הולך ופוחת” ("Hador holekh wepocheth"), meaning “the generation is getting more and more diminished", which may have meant that there are fewer and fewer new ...
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Why is the Evil Inclination Called a “Fool”?

Koheles (4:13), (as explained by the Midrash Rabba) describes the Yetzer Hara (Evil Inclination) as "A king, old, and a fool". It explains: "...ולמה קורא אותו כסיל? שהוא מלמד לאדם דרך רעה...". ...
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Nothing new under the sun, except for women chasing men?

I noticed that in Yermiyahu 31:21, it says . עַד-מָתַי תִּתְחַמָּקִין, הַבַּת הַשּׁוֹבֵבָה: כִּי-בָרָא יְהוָה חֲדָשָׁה בָּאָרֶץ, נְקֵבָה תְּסוֹבֵב גָּבֶר. "...and Gd will create a new thing ...
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Why do we read Kohelet on Sukkos?

We read Kohelet either on the Shabbos Chol Hamoed of Sukkos or Shemini Atzeres. Why do we specifically read this on Sukkos? What is the connection between Sukkos and Koheles?