The Book of Ecclesiastes


The Book of Ecclesiastes: A book that shows us—amidst the fleetingness of life—to embrace contentment in the present. Ecclesiastes highlights the absurdities of life. The Teacher starts with “Everything is meaningless, completely meaningless!” The word translated as “meaningless” is the Hebrew word hevel. This literally translates into “vapor” or “breath,” indicating the idea of everything being “fleeting.” There is a form of comfort here: Ecclesiastes invites us, knowing that everything is fleeting, to find enjoyment in the small things around us and release anxious worries of the future from our grasp.