The Tefilah Podcast

On Living with Philosophical Conundrums, Questions, and Contradictions

February 10, 2022 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 7 Episode 4
The Tefilah Podcast
On Living with Philosophical Conundrums, Questions, and Contradictions
Show Notes

This evening (2/10/22), as a preface to our Tehilim shiur, I read a short reflection I wrote about chinuch prompted by an excerpt from "Letters to a Young Poet" (1934) by Rainer Maria Rilke. I chose to conduct a discussion about this because earlier this week in our Tehilim shiur we encountered two major philosophical conundrums regarding how we relate to Hashem, and this excerpt suggests an avenue for "resolving" these and similar conundrums - and for how to live as a Jew, a human being, and an "artist of life" in general.

For a related 1-page article, see When to Dance Between Two Opinions

See also Footnote 4 in Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's "Halakhic Man"
Rainer Maria Rilke, "Letters to a Young Poet"
רמב"ם - מורה הנבוכים א:לד
Sigmund Freud, "Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis"
רמב"ן - שער הגמול ג:מא
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