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A different perspective on Yitro By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Feb. 13, 2009 / 19 Shevat 5769 Rashi says Yitro had seven names (18:1). Some of the commentaries question this, because Reuel … more
Opinion By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Feb. 13, 2009 / 19 Shevat 5769 Relative to other surgeries, bris milah is a simple procedure, with a surprisingly low risk rate. At the same time, an … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Feb. 6, 2009 / 12 Shevat 5769 If you’ve never read Virginian Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech in its entirety, your time would not … more
Issue of Feb. 6, 2009 / 12 Shevat 5769 Pre-schoolers at Yeshiva of South Shore’s Hollander Early Childhood Center studied the 10 plagues in a hands-on, non-frightening way. They poured and mixed … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Jan. 30, 2009 / 5 Shevat 5769 The Torah is an amazing book. You can read and reread over and over, and each time you find something new: a nuance, a tidbit, … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Jan. 23, 2009 / 27 Tevet 5769 It’s that time of year again when the Jews have a chance to revel over and relish in the way G-d “stuck it to those Egyptians” … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Jan. 16, 2009 / 20 Teves 5769 Chapter 4: “24 — And it was on the way in the inn, and the Lord met him and he wanted his death. 25 — And Zipporah took a stone … more
Eisav’s head and self preservation By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Jan. 9, 2009 / 13 Teves 5769 Ask any school child above age eight, “Who is buried in the Cave of Machpela?” and … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Jan. 2, 2009 / 6 Teves 5769 A Jew who reads the Torah as a historical account of the beginnings of our people may easily swell with pride and “yiddishe nachas” … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Dec. 26, 2008 / 29 Kislev 5769 Have you ever bumped into someone you haven’t seen in over 20 years? This is a common occurrence in unfortunate circumstances such … more
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