On the Book of
The excellent commentary to the Ecclesiastes
delivered by Rabbi Ezra Dangoor Z'L has been a significant
work granted to the public domain, thanks to his grandson
Mr. Naim Dangoor, after a suspense of about 80 years.
The book proved to be containing major current of morals,
Chassidic and Torah thought.
The depth and brilliance of these comments are giving
us a beautifully written work that clarifies complex
ideas and opens a window into the thought- world of
one of Judaism's greatest figures, a King of Israel,
nicknamed 'Kohelet', traditionally known as King Solomon
In this connection, please allow me to quote a statement,
by President Carter from his book, 'The Virtues Of Ageing'
ISBN 0-345-42826-9 which is as follows:
"One Sunday I taught a Bible lesson that really
perplexed me, in that it violated the basic philosophy
of our farming community. It was from the Ecclesiastes:
"WHOEVER WATCHES THE WIND WILL NOT PLANT; WHOEVER
LOOKS AT THE CLOUD WILL NOT REAP".
President Carter exclaimed and said: "
We had been taught to watch the wind and clouds, and
always to accommodate the weather in planting, cultivating
and harvesting! As I tried to explain the text to my
class, I realised that the writer was saying: DON’T
BE CAUTIOUS TAKE A CHANCE. If you wait for perfect conditions,
you may end up living a timid and diminished life. The
prospect of failure always exists, and it is painful
and embarrassing when we do fail. But it is better to
fail while striving for something adventurous and uncertain
than to say 'I won't try because I may not succeed'.
- President Carter went on and on in a poetic way, while
Rabbi Ezra Dangoor Z'L in his interpretation went directly
to the point and gave a cogent, complete, objective
and practical way to the problem, saying that hesitant
people who lost opportunities of sowing and harvesting
should lose no time in trying further as they are not
made up for a self employed job and suggested to them
that they should quit immediately and look for jobs
working for others: They can better be devoted to the
service of others.
The person who is unable to take decisions cannot be
a successful self- employed man. He can be much more
beneficial to himself and to the society by serving
companies, institutions, banks, etc. and be directed
and supervised by them in their daily lives for the
benefit of all the parties concerned, the employers
and the employees in the same time.
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