This Shabbat is שבת חול המועד. We read the book of Kohelet written by Shlomo Hamelech.

Since Succot is also known as חג האסיף, the Holiday of Gathering, Chazal felt it important to read this book to help get a good perspective on life.

We must not be bribed by focusing on material gains as they are fleeting pleasures. The joy from spiritual pursuits is much more permanent and long lasting.

Rabbi Doctor Avraham Twerski, a Torah scholar and psychiatrist, spoke of the importance of having goals as a reason for living. Shared goals cement a marriage. And as long as one has goals and a purpose, he has the motivation to move forward.

Reading Kohelet and reflecting on life is another aspect of Succot that prepares us for the coming year.