Rabbi Avi Billet
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The Torah commands us twice to rejoice on Sukkot. For Shavuot it only says to rejoice one time. For Pesach “joy” is not mentioned at all: it’s hard to rejoice when you’re thinking about … more
There are a number of verses in Tanach that call upon the heavens and the earth to bear witness, or to at least lend an ear to the proceedings. In the Torah, they are all in Devarim: 4:26, … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of September 18, 2009/ 29 Elul 5769 Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik recounted a personal episode that took place shortly after his wife passed away. As the rain … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Rabbi Moshe Feinstein zt”l was a “one-of-a-kind” leader. With his complete mastery of the Talmud and rabbinic literature, the late Gadol Hador used his brilliant … more
In the context of thoughts on why “Tisha B’Av precedes Va’etchanan,” I raised the halakhic discussion point that Nitzavim is always read before Rosh Hashana (Shulchan Arukh 428). The Pri … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet The imaginative among us will conjure up a scene of the curse that appears in 27:14: “‘Cursed is he who strikes down his neighbor in secret.’ All the people shall … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of August 28, 2009 / 8 Elul 5769 Here is a contradiction for you. The Torah commands that if a person happens to come across a bird nest with a mother bird sitting … more
By Rabbi Avi Billet Issue of August 21, 2009 / 1 Elul 5769 There are many behaviors which the Torah describes as to’evot, translated as abominations or perversions. Other than in Acharei Mot … more
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
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