The Stoic Jew

Seneca on Hashgachah Part 1 (On Providence 1:1)

February 11, 2022 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 7 Episode 2
The Stoic Jew
Seneca on Hashgachah Part 1 (On Providence 1:1)
Show Notes

Synopsis: Since my last episode was about hashgachah (Divine providence), I thought it would be interesting to examine the Stoic view of hashgachah, as expounded by Seneca. In today’s episode we compare Seneca’s tacit rebuke of his student’s impatient inquiry of this lofty topic with the challenges I faced when I was asked to teach Sefer Iyov (The Book of Job) to my high school students. A harsh remark by the Ramban in the Shaar ha’Gemul underscores the difficulty of the educational dilemma which I faced, and although I found a path, I’m still not sure whether it is the correct approach to take.

 Sources:
- Seneca, On Providence 1:1
- Ramban, Shaar ha’Gemul 3:41
- Carl Sagan
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