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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
When the sun, moon and stars bow By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Dec. 19, 2008 / 22 Kislev 5769 Bundles of grain and stars bow down to Yosef. What does it all mean? In 37:7 Yosef relates his … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Dec. 12, 2008 / 15 Kislev 5769 I can’t get the Holtzbergs out of my head. Not just because their images are all over the news and on every Jewish web site or … more
Issue of Dec. 12 2008 / 15 Kislev 5769 Cedarhurst - Kehillas Bais Yehudah Tzvi (The Red Shul) will resume a weekly late night seder each Thursday night in the shul at 395 Oakland Avenue, running … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of Dec. 5, 2008 / 8 Kislev 5769 A web site which caters to the chareidi community picked up my column on Parshat Chayei Sara in which I argued that Rivka was a more … more
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