Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss | The Stoic Jew: What a Rabbi Learns from the Ethics of Stoicism
• Episode 25: Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss “Lessons from a Stoic Jew” (Part 3 of 7)
• In this episode, Rabbi Schneeweiss discusses his conversion to Judaism in 11th grade, identifying as Shomer Torah U’Mitzvot (and not a “rationalist”), using Bruce Lee’s philosophy for teaching, what it means to be a Stoic Jew, the methodology of Mishlei (Proverbs), Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), and Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs), why it’s important to learn Tehillim (Psalms) instead of reading is as an incantation, why we pray if we can’t change God’s mind, his “Pivot Point” system, and the best resources to learn about the Ethics of Stoicism and the great Stoics.
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• Bio: Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss began his Jewish education in the 11th grade (the same year he converted to Judaism) at Northwest Yeshiva High School in Seattle, Washington. After graduation, he learned at Yeshiva Bnei Torah for seven years while earning a BA in Psychology from Touro and MA in Jewish Education from Azrieli. He then embarked on his high school teaching career, teaching at HAFTR High School and Rambam Mesivta before moving on to Midreshet Shalhevet where he taught a variety of Limudei Kodesh and English classes for 10 years. In 2020 he returned to YBT where he currently serves as the Director of Student Learning. His many shiurim at YBT are characterized by curiosity-driven learning, transformative insights, and real-world application. Rabbi Schneeweiss is the author of the blog Kol ha’Seridim, featuring hundreds of articles on Torah and Jewish philosophy, and The Stoic Jew Podcast. Nearly all of his shiurim are available on YouTube and on his four other podcasts.
• Find more Rabbi Schneeweiss content here:
YouTube Channel: youtube.com/rabbischneeweiss
“The Mishlei Podcast”: mishlei.buzzsprout.com
“The Stoic Jew” Podcast: thestoicjew.buzzsprout.com
“Rambam Bekius” Podcast: rambambekius.buzzsprout.com
“Machshavah Lab” Podcast: machshavahlab.buzzsprout.com
“The Tefilah Podcast”: tefilah.buzzsprout.com
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