The Stoic Jew

“The Sacred Pause” in Light of Stoicism and Judaism (Epictetus – Discourses 2:18)

May 27, 2021 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 4 Episode 31
The Stoic Jew
“The Sacred Pause” in Light of Stoicism and Judaism (Epictetus – Discourses 2:18)
Show Notes

Synopsis: This episode begins with a move advocated by Epictetus called “making use of impressions.” We then read a lengthy excerpt from Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach about a technique she refers to as “The Sacred Pause.” After comparing and contrast this technique with that of Epictetus, we consider the role that The Sacred Pause might play in Judaism, specifically with regards to mitzvos.  

Related Episodes:
- Aurelius - Meditations 4:22: That's a Jacket, Not a Bad Cat!
- TSJ Interlude - I Got Got By An Impression!
- Seneca Letter #2 - On Doing Nothing (Part 3 of 4) Naval Ravikant's Take
- Seneca Letter #2 - On Doing Nothing (Part 4 of 4) The Experiment

Sources:
- Epictetus, Discourses 2:18
- Brach, Radical Acceptance, pp. 49-53
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Stoic texts:
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Letters from a Stoic Master (Seneca)
The Discourses of Epictetus
The Enchiridion (Handbook) of Epictetus
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