The Stoic Jew

Stoicism vs. Judaism on Motives for Righteousness (Aurelius - Meditations 5:6)

September 12, 2022 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 10 Episode 3
The Stoic Jew
Stoicism vs. Judaism on Motives for Righteousness (Aurelius - Meditations 5:6)
Show Notes

Synopsis: In today's episode we examine Marcus Aurelius's analysis of the lesser and greater motives for doing acts of tzedakah (righteousness), and compare his view with Judaism's, as taught by Shlomo ha'Melech (King Solomon) in Sefer Mishlei (the Book of Proverbs).

Related Rabbi Schneeweiss Content:
- The Mishleic Spectrum: A Glossary of Mishlei Personalities (note that these definitions are NOT current, but they will still prove to be insightful)

- Aurelius, Meditations 5:6
- Yirmiyahu 9:22-23
- Rambam, Moreh ha'Nevuchim 3:54
- Rambam, Mishneh Torah: Sefer ha'Mada, Hilchos Teshuvah 10:2
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