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‘Sovev, Sovev’ – Round And Round We Go


Every year on Sukkot we read Kohelet – not to depress us but rather to inspire us not to get swallowed up in the whirlwind of life and to remain focused on the idea that “The sum of the matter, when all has been considered: Fear God and keep his commandments, for that is the whole purpose of man.”

After all, if we were acutely aware that our time in this world is finite, how much more meaningful would our days be?

Shira Gabriela (Saltzman) creates one-of-a-kind prestige custom Jewish artwork such as ketubot, illuminated manuscripts, handmade papercuts, and family trees. Her work can be viewed at shiragabriela.com. Shira has also taught Tanach for over a decade in Israel and the United States.

About the Author: Shira Gabriela (Saltzman) creates one-of-a-kind prestige custom Jewish artwork such as ketubot, illuminated manuscripts, handmade papercuts, and family trees. Her work can be viewed at shiragabriela.com. Shira has also taught Tanach for over a decade in Israel and the United States


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“What a depressing book!” is a common response to reading Sefer Kohelet. It seems at first glance that Shlomo HaMelech, the wisest of all men, is telling us there is no purpose to all of man’s efforts, whether intellectual, material or social.

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