The Crown of Torah and the Crown of Stoicism (Seneca - Letter #53)


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Synopsis: In my Rambam Bekius Chavurah we’ve been learning Hilchos Talmud Torah Chapter 3, in which the Rambam prescribes guidelines for attaining the Crown of Torah. I recently came across a letter from Seneca in which he tells his pupil, Lucilius, what he’ll need to do in order to succeed in the life of philosophy. I couldn’t help but notice the parallels between these two exhortations, and I decided to make an episode about them.

This week's Torah content has been sponsored by Shirley, and since she didn't specify a dedicatory message, then I'm going to dedicate this to the entire Sinclair family - Shirley, David, and Ken.

Related Rabbi Schneeweiss Content:
- Rambam Bekius Podcast Season 6 Episodes 23+ (11/4/21)

- Rambam: Mishneh Torah, Sefer ha’Mada, Hilchos Talmud Torah 3:6-12
- “Avos” 6:4 with “Rashi’s commentary”
- Rambam: Mishneh Torah, Sefer ha’Mada, Hilchos Deios 4:4
- Seneca: Letter #53
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