The Stoic Jew

Do You Have People in Your Life Who Try to Convince You You're Unhappy? (Seneca - Letter #13)

July 27, 2022 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 9 Episode 8
The Stoic Jew
Do You Have People in Your Life Who Try to Convince You You're Unhappy? (Seneca - Letter #13)
Show Notes

Synopsis: My initial answer to this question prompted by a letter from Seneca was, “No!” but then I realized that the question is more nuanced than I thought. The answer and its implications are not as simple as they seem. In this episode I offer some thoughts, examples, and questions on this topic in light of a pasuk in Mishlei cited by the Rambam and elucidated by a midrash.

Sources:
- Seneca, Letter #13
- Rambam: Mishneh Torah, Sefer ha’Mada, Hilchos Deios 6:1
- Midrash on Mishlei 13:20
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