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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.

Recent Episodes

100 Days of Gratitude (Seneca - Letter #81:On Benefits)October 15, 2021 Episode artwork TSJ Interlude: Struggles with Perfectionism ... AGAIN (Aurelius - Meditations 10:16)October 14, 2021 Episode artwork TSJ Milestone: 200 Episodes and the Value of Talking About Virtue (Aurelius – Meditations 10:16)October 11, 2021 Episode artwork Seneca on the Mabul and the Destiny of Mankind (Seneca – Natural Questions 3:28-30)October 08, 2021 Episode artwork You Will Die Today ... OR Tomorrow (Aurelius - 4:47)October 06, 2021 Episode artwork Heraclitus, Koheles, and Mufasa (Aurelius - Meditations 4:46)October 04, 2021 Episode artwork Seneca and Sukkos (Seneca - Letter #18: On Festivals and Fasting)September 20, 2021 Episode artwork TSJ Interlude: Vidui Yom ha’Kippurim and Memento MoriSeptember 15, 2021 Episode artwork TSJ Interlude: Removing the Evil of the DecreeSeptember 14, 2021 Episode artwork Rosh ha'Shanah 5782: Yom ha'Din in Light of Stoicism (Aurelius - Meditations 4:45)September 06, 2021 Episode artwork Does Stoicism Promote Catastrophizing? (Seneca – Letter #91: On the Lesson to be Drawn From the Burning of Lyons)September 02, 2021 Episode artwork Life as Reruns of a Scary Movie (Aurelius - Meditations 4:44)September 01, 2021 Episode artwork Life as a River (Aurelius - Meditations 4:43)August 31, 2021 Episode artwork Change: Neither Good Nor Bad (Aurelius - Meditations 4:42)August 20, 2021 Episode artwork You Are a Soul Carrying a Corpse (Aurelius – Meditations 4:41)August 17, 2021 Episode artwork Universe as Organism vs. Universe as Melachah (Aurelius – Meditations 4:40)August 16, 2021 Episode artwork A Review of Stoic Values (Aurelius - Meditations 4:39)August 13, 2021 Episode artwork Even the Wise Can Be Petty (Aurelius - Meditations 4:38)August 12, 2021 Episode artwork TSJ Follow-up: Applying "Tiny Habits" to My Podcaster's BlockAugust 11, 2021 Episode artwork Stoicism, Habit Cultivation, and Elul (Epictetus - Discourses 2:18)August 10, 2021 Episode artwork TSJ Interlude: Experiment UpdatesAugust 06, 2021 Episode artwork Be Fire, My Friend (Aurelius - Meditations 4:1)August 05, 2021 Episode artwork Animaniacs, Plucky Duck, and Premeditatio Malorum (Epictetus – Enchiridion 17,8)August 03, 2021 Episode artwork Their Cars Were Totaled and They Didn’t Even Know (Epictetus – Enchiridion 1)August 02, 2021 Episode artwork The Medallion ExperimentJuly 30, 2021 Episode artwork