The Stoic Jew

Seneca and Sukkos (Seneca - Letter #18: On Festivals and Fasting)

September 20, 2021 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 5 Episode 37
The Stoic Jew
Seneca and Sukkos (Seneca - Letter #18: On Festivals and Fasting)
Show Notes

Synopsis: In today’s bonus episode we review the similarities and differences between Seneca’s version of sukkah and the Torah’s, as explained by the Rambam and Rashbam. We conclude with a question (or cluster of questions) about simchah (joy/rejoicing) as a theme of Sukkos and as an avodah (divine service) in its own right. Chag sameach!

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Related Rabbi Schneeweiss Content:
- A Stoic Perspective on Tishah b’Av
- Seneca - Letter #18: On Festivals and Fasting (Part 1 and Part 2

Sources:
- Seneca Letter #18
- Rambam – Moreh ha’Nevuchim 3:43
- Rashbam on Vayikra 23:43
- Rambam: Mishneh Torah, Sefer Zmanim, Hilchos Shofar v’Sukkah, v’Lulav 8:15
- Ibn Ezra on Devarim 28:47
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