Rabbi Avi Billet
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On his deathbed, Yaakov gives blessings to all his children. The first three sons — Reuven, Shimon and Levi — receive farewell wishes which are not as pleasant as those given to the rest … more
Shortly after revealing himself to his brothers, Yosef tells them that “It has already been two years of famine throughout the land, but there will be five more years where there will be no … more
Strange as it seems there’s been a run of crazy dreams,” sings the narrator in the musical about Joseph, and what is most needed is a dream interpreter. What a strange time to live in, … more
The Talmud tells us that when Yosef was confronted by the temptress, his master Potiphar’s wife, he was able to control himself and overcome her advances because he saw his father … more
Relatives of the 11 Israeli team members who were murdered by Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorists during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich have revealed new details of the grizzly … more
After not having seen each other for 36 years, Yaakov returns to the land of his fathers, to be confronted by Eisav. “Eisav ran to meet them. He hugged [Yaakov], and throwing himself on his … more
One of the more challenging fact-finding questions we encounter every year is “how old are the Biblical heroes in the tales which are shared with us?” In some cases the Torah tells us, … more
Every year, Shabbos Chayei Sarah is accompanied by a special Jewish gathering in Hevron, the “City of the Patriarchs.” The source for this is our parsha, in which we find Avraham … more
There are a number of three-word verses in the Torah. Some of them would seem to require no commentary, as only names are mentioned. See, for example, 25:14, when three of Yishmael’s children … more
When the three men/angels come to visit Avraham, the Torah describes the food that Avraham offers — bread (18:5) followed by a meal (18:8). Many commentaries note how the Torah doesn’t … more
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