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Twenty-three hundred years ago an unnamed Hebrew sage known only as Koheleth, the Teacher, rocked the ancient Jewish world with a critique of society that shattered conventional notions of God, piety, politics and power.
Beginning with its opening broadside, "Hevel havalim!"--not futility or vanity as most translations would have it, but "breath, vapor and impermanence," Ecclesiastes teaches you how to live in a world where nothing lasts and justice is illusory; a world devoted to accumulating power, wealth, pleasure and even knowledge that leaves you drowning in anxiety and needless suffering.
Neither revelation nor prophecy, Ecclesiastes is a rational and countercultural guide to living with joy in the midst of uncertainty and insecurity. Ecclesiastes' God demands neither sacrifice nor adherence to commandments, but offers instead a practical lifestyle rooted in moderation, meaningful work, and friendship.
Rami Shapiro's translation of and commentary on Ecclesiastes restores this ancient text to its timeless placeas a guide to living sanely in an often insane world.
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ISBN-10:  1594732876
ISBN-13:  978-1594732874
Author:  Rami Shapiro
Publisher:  Skylight Paths Publishing
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review by . October 15, 2010
Rabbi Shapiro offers his readers a paraphrase instead of a translation or, more specifically, his interpretation of what he feels the author of Ecclesiastes is teaching his readers. This is not a criticism. In fact, many readers will find the Shapiro version very readable, quite stimulating, and good philosophy; and while there will be those who may disagree with some of his interpretations, human nature being what it is, they will still find Shapiro's ideas thought-provoking.     For …
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