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The Stoic Jew

Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss

My name is Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss. I am, first and foremost, an Orthodox Jew. My primary area of focus is the teachings of Shlomo ha'Melech (King Solomon) in Mishlei (Proverbs) and Koheles (Ecclesiastes). I also consider myself to be a student of the Stoic masters: Epictetus, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius. Over the past two decades I have been exploring the relationship between Judaism and Stoicism - where they overlap, where they differ, and how they complement each other. This year I started a daily reading of Marcus Aurelius with an aim to explore these questions. I'll read a passage from Aurelius's Meditations and then muse (or meditate aloud) on my thoughts about what he said and what the Torah would have to say. As Seneca taught: "Each day acquire something that will fortify you against poverty, against death, indeed against other misfortunes as well; and after you have run over many thoughts, select one to be thoroughly digested that day" (Letter #2). If this podcast serves that purpose, then it will have been of value.
Episodes
Stoic Thoughts on My Winter Break 2022 - Part 2 (Seneca - Letters #2 and 83; Aurelius - Meditations 4:3)January 14, 2022 Episode artwork Stoic Thoughts on My Winter Break 2022 - Part 1 (Seneca – On Tranquility of Mind 17:5)January 13, 2022 Episode artwork Stoic Authenticity (Aurelius - Meditations 5:3)January 12, 2022 Episode artwork The Waltz of Fate (Epictetus - Enchiridion 8; Aurelius - Meditations 5:20)January 11, 2022 Episode artwork 38th Birthday Reflections: On Self-Harm and Self-Actualization (Aurelius - Meditations 2.6)January 10, 2022 Episode artwork Stoic Joy vs. Simchah shel Mitzvah (Seneca – Letter #59: On Pleasure and Joy)December 30, 2021 Episode artwork How Much of Our Suffering is Performative? (Seneca – Letter #63: On Grief for Lost Friends)December 23, 2021 Episode artwork The Hidden Costs of Life (Epictetus - Enchiridion 12,25; Discourses 1)December 21, 2021 Episode artwork Yet Another Inhuman Facet of Epictetus's Stoicism (Epictetus - Enchiridion 3)December 16, 2021 Episode artwork TSJ Interlude: Asarah b'Teves and the Tragedy of The Stoic Jew PodcastDecember 14, 2021 Episode artwork Three Stoic Divrei Torah on Parashas Vayigash (Epictetus – Enchiridion 7 & 1; Seneca – On the Shortness of Life)December 09, 2021 Episode artwork Remember that You're ALREADY Dead (Aurelius - Meditations 7:56)December 08, 2021 Episode artwork How to Shower Like You're Dying (Aurelius - Meditations 2:11)December 03, 2021 Episode artwork Counting the Weeks of My Life (Seneca: On the Shortness of Life)December 01, 2021 Episode artwork TSJ Interlude: Post-Thanksgiving MusingsNovember 29, 2021 Episode artwork TSJ Interlude - A Stoic Pep Talk on My Mild Anxiety About Meeting Up With My Dad's Family for ThanksgivingNovember 24, 2021 Episode artwork The Crown of Torah and the Crown of Stoicism (Seneca - Letter #53)November 19, 2021 Episode artwork C'mon, Marcus, Is Inner Peace REALLY That Easy (Aurelius - Meditations 5:2)November 17, 2021 Episode artwork Honoring Bad Parents and Relating to Hashem (Epictetus - Enchiridion 30)November 15, 2021 Episode artwork Rav Hirsch’s Stoic Take on Bli Neder (Seneca – Letter #13)November 12, 2021 Episode artwork The Habit of Hating Handshakes (Epictetus – Discourses 3:12)November 10, 2021 Episode artwork Self-Hate in Stoicism and Mishlei (Aurelius – Meditations 5:1)November 08, 2021 Episode artwork How to Get Out of Bed on a Cold Morning (Aurelius - Meditations 5:1)November 05, 2021 Episode artwork Are Humans Naturally Inclined Towards Virtue? (Rufus - Lectures 2:7:1-2)November 01, 2021 Episode artwork Take the Short Road (Aurelius – Meditations 4:51)October 29, 2021 Episode artwork