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We hear the term “game changer” often, but what does it mean? According to Merriam-Webster, a game changer is a newly introduced element of or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. In other words, it is someone or something that has changed their environment, and potentially our world. It’s a big deal. They are a big deal. Jeff Newkirk talks to people who have done something to make this world a better place. They are working to make a significant and pr ...
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Machshavah Lab

Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss

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My name is Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss. My goal as a Torah educator is not merely to teach my students my OWN hashkafah. Rather, my goal is to equip them with the foundations, the methodological training, and the tools which will enable them to arrive at their OWN understanding of Judaism and cultivate their OWN relationship with Hashem and His Torah. This podcast is devoted to the shiurim I give which are geared specifically towards that end. As such, the range of topics covered here will be div ...
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Word Matters

Merriam-Webster, New England Public Media

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Word Matters is a show for readers, writers, and anyone who's curious about the English language. Join Merriam-Webster editors as they challenge supposed grammar rules, reveal the surprising origins behind words, tackle common questions, and generally geek out about the beautiful nightmare that is our language.
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Fitness Is A Habit

Cliff "DJ Klyph" Stanford

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Fitness is defined by Merriam-Webster as the quality or state of being fit and we mostly associate that with the physical only. This podcast will feature content and conversations related to physical, mental and spiritual fitness.
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Rogue according to the Webster-Merriam dictionary is "a wild animal living apart from the herd" Urban dictionary: a loner who follows their own rules Maybe I just think too much, but I can't go along with so many things that are said, I am not in agreement. "I am who I am, and I owe no one an apology for it"
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Blackthropology

Blackthropology

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Blackthropology is a podcast/movement primarily focused on creating fun, intellectual and raw dialogue that encourages an examination of the issues, concerns and SUCCESSES within the Black community. The name clearly stems from the word “anthropology,” which Merriam-Webster defines as “the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture.” Blackthropology is a spin on the study of anthropol ...
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 13, 2024 is: brusque • \BRUSK\ • adjective A person may be described as brusque when they are talking or behaving in a very direct, brief, and unfriendly way. Brusque can also describe speech that is noticeably short and abrupt. // We knew something was wrong when our normally easygoing professor was brus…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 12, 2024 is: surfeit • \SER-fut\ • noun Surfeit is a formal word that refers to an amount or supply that is too much or more than you need. It is synonymous with the word excess. // The organization ended up with a surfeit of volunteers who simply got in each other's way. See the entry > Examples: "Pet ow…
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Length of the article: 1 page Length of the audio: 3 minutes 54 secibds Synopsis: This is the audio version of the 1-page article I published on rabbischneeweiss.substack.com/ on 4/12/24 (originally written on 3/18/14), entitled: Haftaras Tazria: Charging Money for Miracles. How would you react if a Jewish holy man did a miracle for you? How might …
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 11, 2024 is: discomfit • \diss-KUM-fit\ • verb To discomfit someone is to make them confused or upset. Discomfit is a formal synonym of the also formal (but slightly less so) disconcert. // Jacob was discomfited by the new employee’s forward, probing questions. See the entry > Examples: “Bosley Crowther, …
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 10, 2024 is: vicarious • \vye-KAIR-ee-us\ • adjective A vicarious emotion or experience is one felt by watching, hearing about, or reading about someone else rather than by doing something yourself. // He felt a vicarious thrill as his daughter crossed the stage to accept her diploma. See the entry > Exam…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 9, 2024 is: aegis • \EE-jus\ • noun Aegis is a formal word that refers to the power to protect, control, or support something or someone. It is often used in the phrase under the aegis of. // The issue will be decided under the aegis of an international organization. See the entry > Examples: “French Pres…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 8, 2024 is: fatuous • \FATCH-oo-us\ • adjective To describe something, such as an idea or remark, as fatuous is to say that it is foolish or silly rather than sensible or logical. // Our hopes for an apology and a reasonable explanation for the error were met with fatuous platitudes. See the entry > Examp…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 7, 2024 is: conjecture • \kun-JEK-cher\ • verb Conjecture is a formal synonym of the verb guess that means “to form an opinion or idea without proof or sufficient evidence.” // Some scientists have conjectured that Jupiter’s moon Europa could sustain life. See the entry > Examples: “In the week since the …
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 6, 2024 is: redoubt • \rih-DOUT\ • noun Redoubt can refer specifically to a small building or area that provides soldiers with protection from attack, or more broadly to any safe or protected place, whether literal or figurative. // A massive stone redoubt at the entrance of the bay guarded the city. // T…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 5, 2024 is: meticulous • \muh-TIK-yuh-lus\ • adjective Something or someone described as meticulous shows extreme or excessive care in the consideration or treatment of details. // He is meticulous about keeping accurate records. See the entry > Examples: "In a press release, the company touts its meticul…
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Length: 1 hour 25 minutes Synopsis: This evening (4/4/24), in lieu of our usual Thursday night women's Pirkei Avos shiur, we decided to prepare ourselves for the upcoming solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 by learning through enough key sources to develop an authentically "Jewish" framework for our eclipse experience. We began by examining the mitzvah …
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Length of the article: 1 page Length of the audio: 4 minutes Synopsis: This is the audio version of the 1-page article I published on rabbischneeweiss.substack.com/ on 4/4/24 (originally written on 3/21/14), entitled: Shemini: DUI (Davening Under the Influence). Nadav and Avihu's punishment seems harsh, especially if their sin was drinking a little…
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 4, 2024 is: praxis • \PRAK-sis\ • noun Praxis is a formal word referring to the practical application of a theory—in other words, what one does to act on a theory (such as feminist theory) to which one is committed. Praxis is also used synonymously with action or practice to refer to the exercise of an ar…
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Welcome to Game Changers with Jeff Newkirk, where we speak with people who have done something to make this world a better place. It’s simple: inspire, educate, and let’s go change this world! On today’s episode, Jeff welcomes guest, Judge Echo Hutson, who serves in Montgomery County in Texas in Law 4. Echo has experience in misdemeanor criminal ca…
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Length of the article: 3 pages Length of the audio: 11 minutes 8 seconds Synopsis: This is the audio version of the 3-page article I published on rabbischneeweiss.substack.com/ on 3/29/24, entitled: Tzav: Heavenly Fire and Hidden Miracles. Purim may not always fall out during the week of Parashas Tzav, but there is a thematic connection between the…
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Length: 1 hour 16 minutes Synopsis: This evening (3/28/24), in our Thursday night Pirkei Avos shiur for women, we began learning the next mishnah which is about humility - or, to be precise, "extreme lowliness of spirit." We started learning through the Rambam's lengthy commentary, which is essentially a treatise on humility, but because this requi…
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