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Rabbi Heath Watenmaker
December 30, 2016

As we enter the final days of 2016, the time has come for the annual array of top 10 lists and best-of lists (and worst-of lists) all reflecting on the year that has been. Linguists, too, contribute in their own way. Reflecting on his choice for the “Word of the Year” for 2016, Geoff Nunberg, linguist contributor on NPR’s Fresh Air, writes, “It's been an unusual political year, to put it mildly, and you could write most of its story just by tracking its effects on the lexicon — the new words and new uses of old ones, some useful,...

Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit
Tzedek Shabbat
December 16, 2016
Rabbi Janet Marder
November 25, 2016

Years, ago, when we were children, my brother and sisters and I would get up early on Thanksgiving Day to watch the Macy’s parade on television. We’d sit in the family room, munching on our Cheerios or Cocoa Krispies, marveling at the big floats and the enormous balloons -- our favorite cartoon characters floating all the way down 42nd Street; the high school bands, resplendent in their uniforms, playing with such spirit as they marched along in the cold; the Rockettes dancing in front of the flagship store at Herald Square; and there at the end of the parade, Santa...

Rabbi Sarah Weissman
November 18, 2016

For some reason I’ve been thinking a lot about Sodom and Gomorrah.  The story of God literally raining down punishment in the form of fire and brimstone on a community because it has strayed so far from the right path feels appropriate these days.  It also happens to be in this week’s Torah portion, Vayera.  So it’s a good opportunity for us to see whether a closer look at this famous story might yield some wisdom for how to navigate these difficult and tumultuous days. 

God says, “The outrage of Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so...


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