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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
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 Stoic Musings Upon Visiting Bruce Lee's Grave on R' Soloveitchik's Yahrtzeit (Aurelius - Meditations 12:1)April 20, 2022 Episode artwork Pesach, Epictetus, and Man's Search for MeaningApril 14, 2022 Episode artwork Some Thoughts on Will Smith's Angry Reaction (Epictetus - Enchiridion 20; Seneca - On Anger 2:1)March 30, 2022 Episode artwork Why We Choose Evil (Epictetus - Discourses 2:18)March 28, 2022 Episode artwork Decorating Our Prison Cells (Epictetus - Enchiridion 3)March 21, 2022 Episode artwork Purim vs. Stoicism (Epictetus – Discourses 4:4; 2:6; Enchiridion 14)March 16, 2022 Episode artwork Letting Go of Your Rice, Tafasta Merubeh, and Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai's Wisdom (Epictetus - Discourses 3:9)March 10, 2022 Episode artwork XTREME Premeditatio Malorum, Vaynerchuk Style (Seneca - Letter #91: On the Lesson to Be Drawn from the Burning of Lyons)March 09, 2022 Episode artwork Insight from a Misreading of Seneca (Seneca - Letter #13: On Groundless Fears)March 08, 2022 Episode artwork TSJ Interlude: Reflection on Five Consecutive Days of TSJ EpisodesMarch 04, 2022 Episode artwork How to Avoid Results-Oriented Thinking (Epictetus – Enchiridion 1)March 03, 2022 Episode artwork “A few is enough for me; so is one; and so is none” (Seneca – Letter #7: On Crowds)March 02, 2022 Episode artwork My February 2022 Experiments in the Art of Creating Time (Seneca - Letter #1: On Using and Wasting Time)March 01, 2022 Episode artwork Marcus’s Material Mortality Meditation (Aurelius – Meditations 5:4)February 28, 2022 Episode artwork