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The Stoic Jew

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.

Tracks

Stoic Thoughts on My Winter Break 2022 - Part 2 (Seneca - Letters #2 and 83; Aurelius - Meditations 4:3) 18:24 01/14/2022
Stoic Thoughts on My Winter Break 2022 - Part 1 (Seneca – On Tranquility of Mind 17:5) 16:35 01/13/2022
Stoic Authenticity (Aurelius - Meditations 5:3) 16:51 01/12/2022
The Waltz of Fate (Epictetus - Enchiridion 8; Aurelius - Meditations 5:20) 17:01 01/11/2022
38th Birthday Reflections: On Self-Harm and Self-Actualization (Aurelius - Meditations 2.6) 16:04 01/10/2022
Stoic Joy vs. Simchah shel Mitzvah (Seneca – Letter #59: On Pleasure and Joy) 19:29 12/30/2021
How Much of Our Suffering is Performative? (Seneca – Letter #63: On Grief for Lost Friends) 11:01 12/23/2021
The Hidden Costs of Life (Epictetus - Enchiridion 12,25; Discourses 1) 14:43 12/21/2021
Yet Another Inhuman Facet of Epictetus's Stoicism (Epictetus - Enchiridion 3) 14:43 12/16/2021
TSJ Interlude: Asarah b'Teves and the Tragedy of The Stoic Jew Podcast 20:38 12/14/2021
Three Stoic Divrei Torah on Parashas Vayigash (Epictetus – Enchiridion 7 & 1; Seneca – On the Shortness of Life) 23:10 12/09/2021
Remember that You're ALREADY Dead (Aurelius - Meditations 7:56) 16:16 12/08/2021
How to Shower Like You're Dying (Aurelius - Meditations 2:11) 16:44 12/03/2021
Counting the Weeks of My Life (Seneca: On the Shortness of Life) 20:34 12/01/2021
TSJ Interlude: Post-Thanksgiving Musings 17:32 11/29/2021
TSJ Interlude - A Stoic Pep Talk on My Mild Anxiety About Meeting Up With My Dad's Family for Thanksgiving 27:01 11/24/2021
The Crown of Torah and the Crown of Stoicism (Seneca - Letter #53) 17:06 11/19/2021
C'mon, Marcus, Is Inner Peace REALLY That Easy (Aurelius - Meditations 5:2) 10:42 11/17/2021
Honoring Bad Parents and Relating to Hashem (Epictetus - Enchiridion 30) 17:09 11/15/2021
Rav Hirsch’s Stoic Take on Bli Neder (Seneca – Letter #13) 17:45 11/12/2021
The Habit of Hating Handshakes (Epictetus – Discourses 3:12) 13:06 11/10/2021
Self-Hate in Stoicism and Mishlei (Aurelius – Meditations 5:1) 12:45 11/08/2021
How to Get Out of Bed on a Cold Morning (Aurelius - Meditations 5:1) 16:11 11/05/2021
Are Humans Naturally Inclined Towards Virtue? (Rufus - Lectures 2:7:1-2) 15:51 11/01/2021
Take the Short Road (Aurelius – Meditations 4:51) 10:24 10/29/2021
Scattered Thoughts on Prolonging Life (Aurelius - Meditations 4:50) 18:35 10/27/2021
Immunity to Misfortune (Aurelius - Meditations 4:49) 11:54 10/21/2021
Aurelius vs. Akavya ben Mahallalel on Memento Mori (Aurelius - Meditations 4:48) 17:02 10/19/2021
100 Days of Gratitude (Seneca - Letter #81: On Benefits) 11:18 10/15/2021
TSJ Interlude: Struggles with Perfectionism ... AGAIN (Aurelius - Meditations 10:16) 11:57 10/14/2021