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Two Ships


     This brief tale is a well-known rabbinic parable to explain what seems to be a difficult verse in Ecclesiates. Rather than being a pessimistic take on the trials of life, it is in fact an explicit recognition that the effort was worthwhile. When a person's journey on this earth comes to an end, it is as if the ship has finally reached its home port fully laden with the riches of life.


The day of death is better than the day of one's birth.
     - Ecclesiastes 7:1

     Two ships were in the ocean, laden with merchandise. One ship was coming in, the other was leaving. People were praising the ship coming into port. Others stood by amazed and said, "Why are you praising this ship and not the other?"

     In reply they said to them, "We are praising the incoming ship since we know this ship has departed in peace and arrived at its destination in peace. But we do not know what the future will bring to the ship that has just begun it's journey."

     So it is with a person who is born:
We do not know the nature of his future deeds.
But when he leaves this world we know the nature of his deeds.
 
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SKU:031.1-FTH-TwoShips
Price:$ 90.00
 
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Devorah Designs Judaica Art inspires, heals, and imparts the wisdom of the ages. These creations make the perfect budget-friendly gift for Hanukah or any holiday, a birthday, a bar or bat mitzvah, an anniversary, wedding, or a new baby. Devorah combines her photography - usually from Israel - with meaningful blessings (brachot), prayers (tefillot), and quotes from the Bible (Torah/Tanach), Psalms (Tehillim), Perek Shira (the Songs or Praises of the Animals), and other Jewish sources. Devorah Designs artwork can have healing and therapeutic effects or help you create a happy space in your home. Devorah's unique Name Art brings layers of meaning to Jewish names, Christian names, and pet names, promoting self-understanding and healthy family dynamics.

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