Synopsis: Since today is Erev Rosh ha’Shanah, I thought it would be useful to explore the difference between the concept of Yom ha’Din (Judgment Day) in Stoicism and in Judaism. We compare and contrast Aurelius’s comments about time and the universe with the picture of Yom ha’Din synthesized from the writings of Rav Hirsch, Meiri, Malbim, and the Abravanel. Although this episode is longer than most, I wanted to be sure to provide a complete framework for approaching the Yom ha’Din this year.
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