An Artist’s Eye On Kohelet

Harriet Finck looks at Kohelet anew in a series of paintings inspired by the enigmatic biblical words that wrestle with the meaning of life.

Artist Harriet Finck in front of “For Every Season” (acrylic and ink on paper). Godwell Chan.

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Special to the Jewish Week

Just about a week ago, on Shmini Atzeret, many of us read in synagogue the book of Kohelet, known more widely to most as Ecclesiastes. People who know the book tend to regard it as more than a little cynical, and clearly, the author of the book- ascribed by tradition to King Solomon in his old age- had been around the proverbial block more than a few times. There was little that he hadn't seen, and he was sure that what he was yet to see would not be new to him. Ein hadash tahat hashamesh, he famously said- there is nothing new under the sun.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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