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By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Nov. 7, 2008 / 9 Cheshvan 5769 When we were first introduced to Noach last week, we were told that he was righteous and “Tamim,” perfect or complete. While … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Oct. 31, 2008 / 2 Cheshvan 5769 Reading the story of the dispersion at the beginning of chapter 11, it is hard to see where the people went wrong. In the words of … more
Sukkot/Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 5769 By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Oct. 17, 2008 There are few things in life that can elicit a collective gasp from everyone in a room. A real shocking … more
Resolutions for remarkable Jews By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Oct. 10, 2008 It is a bit of a challenge to reflect on Yom Kippur before it happens. This issue of The Jewish Star went to press … more
G-d’s clear indirect message By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Oct. 3, 2008 For the parsha with the fewest number of verses in the Torah, Vayelech is quite busy. (Nitzavim has 10 more verses, … more
Good old-fashioned pessimism? Not exactly. By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Sept. 26, 2008 Devarim 30:1 states: “And it will be when all these things come upon you, namely the blessing and the … more
Heads we win, tails we lose By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Sept. 19, 2008 When my oldest child began to talk, she was two months shy of her second birthday. It occurred to me that I could … more
By Matis Friedman Issue of Sept. 12, 2008 Recently I picked up some new suits from being checked for Shatnez (wool and linen interwoven) and came away with quite a story. When dropping off … more
Not being ‘cross’ By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Sept. 12, 2008 Chapter 22 has a unique list of seemingly random commandments: You may not forego returning a lost object you come … more
Playing by the Rules By Avi Billet Issue of August 29, 2008 How confusing does a five-word pasuk (verse) have to be? Here is a loose summary and translation of Devarim 12:1-4: “These … more
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