The Stoic Jew

The Short Prayers of Marcus Aurelius and the Kohen Gadol (Aurelius - Meditations 5:7)

October 06, 2022 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 10 Episode 4
The Stoic Jew
The Short Prayers of Marcus Aurelius and the Kohen Gadol (Aurelius - Meditations 5:7)
Show Notes

Synopsis: In today's (unplanned, disorganized, and rushed) episode, we compare and contrast the short prayer formulated by Marcus Aurelius in his Meditations with the short prayer uttered by the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) in the Temple Service of Yom Kippur. We conclude by examining both prayers in light of an excerpt from Emerson's Self-Reliance on what prayers should and shouldn't be.

Related Rabbi Schneeweiss Content:
- The Stoic Approach to Tefilah (Seneca Letter #67 - On Ill-Health and Endurance of Suffering)

- Aurelius, Meditations 5:7
- Yoma 5:1, with Rambam's Commentary
- Rambam, Mishneh Torah: Sefer Avodah, Hilchos Avodas Yom ha'Kippurim 4:1
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
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