Berlin: Trowitsch & Son, 1924. Hardcover. 4to. 100pp. Black cloth with gold lettering to cover. "Vanity of Vanities, sayeth the Lecturer, Vanity of Vanities, all is Vanity." One of the 24 books of the Hebrew Bible, this work is ascribed to King Solomon. It consists of personal matter with reflections on the meaning of life and the best way of life. The work emphatically proclaims all the actions of man to be inherently "futile" and/or "meaningless," as the lives of both wise and foolish men end in death. While the teacher clearly promotes wisdom for the enjoyment of an earthly life, he is unable to ascribe eternal meaning to it. In light of this perceived senselessness, the teacher suggests that one should enjoy the simple pleasures of daily life, such as eating, drinking, and taking enjoyment in one's wife and work, which are gifts from the hand of God. Minor scuffing, rubbing to boards and spine, with 1" tear to top of spine. Corners bumped and worn. Part of free front endpaper missing. In Hebrew and English. In good+ condition. g. Item #16336
In Jewish society, Ecclesiastes is read during the conclusion of the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot on Shemini Atzeret (in Israel, it is read on the first Shabbat of Sukkot) in order to remind them not to get too caught up in the festivities of the holiday.