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By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of August 14, 2009 / 24 Av 5769 With all the discussion about healthcare in this country, we can make the argument that Jews have valued human life more than anyone … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of August 7, 2009 /17 Av 5769 Abe and David were long-time study partners (chavrusas). One day Abe asked David to sign a document as a witness and was shocked when … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of July 31, 2009 / 10 Av 5769 Halakhah can be defined as “Jewish law,” “a way of life” or, perhaps, “the way we do things.” In one example of the latter … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of July 24, 2009 / 3 Av 5769 One of the major ills of our times is our inability to accept people for who they are. We often tend to judge people based on exteriors or … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of July 17, 2009 / 25 Tammuz 5769 As difficult as it is to comprehend warfare and the tactics required to ensure survival of your side, Biblical warfare is a different … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of July 10, 2009 / 18 Tammuz 5769 A movie truism says that if you’re introduced to a character in the beginning of a film, even if the storyline does not seem to … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of July 3, 2009 / 11 Tammuz 5769 Imagine a group of strangers knock on your front door. They seem imposing. But they are nonetheless polite and assure you they mean no … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of June 26, 2009 / 4 Tammuz 5769 There is a common theme in three verses at the beginning of the book of Bamidbar, which is echoed in our parsha: “V’ha’zar … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of June 19, 2009 / 27 Sivan 5769 In the midst of the crisis of the spies, a seeming throwaway line is almost completely ignored by the commentaries. As Kalev and … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of June 12, 2009 / 20 Sivan 5769 In a few instances, the Torah describes the very specific role clouds play within the Israelite encampment. In the last four verses … more
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