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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
Stoicism vs. Judaism on Motives for Righteousness (Aurelius - Meditations 5:6)September 12, 2022 Episode artwork How to Grapple with Your Own Intellectual Inferiority (Aurelius - Meditations 5:5)September 07, 2022 Episode artwork May We Have an Elul Filled with Suffering and a Painful New Year (Epictetus – Discourses 3:23)September 05, 2022 Episode artwork How Stoic Invulnerability Works (Aurelius – Meditations 10:33, 4:8, 5:20)August 15, 2022 Episode artwork Why I Can’t Take the “Stoic” Out of “The Stoic Jew Podcast”August 12, 2022 Episode artwork Don’t Cry Over Spilled Almond Extract (Epictetus – Discourses 1:6)August 10, 2022 Episode artwork My 48-Hour Fast, Marta bas Baisos, and the Boon of Halacha (Seneca – Letter #18; Epictetus – Enchiridion 50)August 08, 2022 Episode artwork Do You Have People in Your Life Who Try to Convince You You're Unhappy? (Seneca - Letter #13)July 27, 2022 Episode artwork Post-Insomnia Stoic Jew Self-Talk (Aurelius - Meditations 6:31)July 25, 2022 Episode artwork When the IRS Acts as an Agent of God (Epictetus - Enchiridion 11)July 20, 2022 Episode artwork EFT: The Future of Thinking About the Future (Seneca - Letter #91; Aurelius 9:30; 12:24)July 18, 2022 Episode artwork Why Do You Value Stoicism as a Jew? (Epictetus – Enchiridion 8,5,1; Seneca – Letter #91; Aurelius – Meditations 2:11)July 15, 2022 Episode artwork How to Win the Lead Role in E.T. and Achieve Human Perfection (Epictetus – Discourses 2:18)July 13, 2022 Episode artwork 365 Days of Gratitude (Aurelius - Meditations 5:16)July 11, 2022 Episode artwork The Intellectual Humility of Rabbi Moskowitz and Marcus Aurelius (Aurelius – Meditations 6:21)June 21, 2022 Episode artwork My Eulogy for Rabbi Moskowitz zt"lMay 30, 2022 Episode artwork Applying Epictetus to My Insomnia (Epictetus - Discourses 2:18)May 27, 2022 Episode artwork "Are you sure it was a rat?" (Seneca - Letter #71: On the Supreme Good)May 25, 2022 Episode artwork What Won't Last (Aurelius - Meditations 5:23)May 23, 2022 Episode artwork Habit Tracking and Sefiras ha'Omer (Epictetus - Discourses 2:18)May 18, 2022 Episode artwork How to Learn Ethics Without Vomiting (Epictetus - Discourses 3:21; 2:9)May 16, 2022 Episode artwork A Stoic Jew Mother's Day Episode, Dedicated to Mommy and Popo (Seneca - Consolation of Helvia)May 08, 2022 Episode artwork How I Met Epictetus (Epictetus - Enchiridion 1)May 06, 2022 Episode artwork TSJ Interlude: 300 Days of GratitudeMay 04, 2022 Episode artwork Stoic Anxiety vs. Torah Anxiety (Epictetus – Enchiridion 50)May 02, 2022 Episode artwork