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Issue 71
September 2015
Ellul 5775
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Dear Reader, 
Busy times ahead - both an exciting time of year and an opportunity for introspection. The upcoming High Holy Days give us the chance to reflect on the past year whilst looking ahead to the new year.  Maybe this year we can do even better, learn more, and bring happiness to those who need it?
To get us truly in the spirit of the Yomim Noraim, on September 8th we are delighted once again to welcome our dear friend and mentor, Rabbi Paysach Krohn who is back to London for our annual pre-Rosh Hashanah lecture. Men and women are welcome to attend our event in Finchley United Synagogue - all details can be found in the flyer below. Alternatively please contact me on 0800 055 3276 or email rochel@phoneandlearn.org for more information.
You can find out about events of interest in our Round Up below.  Or you could simply decide to pick up a new Jewish book to study - take a look at the new releases we've highlighted.     

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year - kesiva v'chasima tova
Kind regards
Rochel Taylor
Programme Coordinator  
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community
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'Hitchhikers guide to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur'
Get prepared and ready for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with Rabbi Reuven Stepsky
2 week course commencing 2 September
Wednesdays @ 20:00
For more information contact 

Struggling to choose your lulav and etrog? Don't know your Pitom from your Uketz?
Join Rabbi Gary Bazak and Rabbi Dov Birnbaum to find your perfect set at SUKKAH MART's best prices! 
Sunday 27 September
At seed, Edgware 3 - 5pm
For more information contact Rabbi Bazak at gbazak@seed.uk.net
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: Since the festivals are imminent could you clarify a question for me: I was talking to my tutor about why we keep two days of Yom Tov here, whereas in Israel they keep only one day.  She mentioned that in the past they were unsure which day it actually was; therefore we kept two days, just in case. But nowadays we know the right day, so why do we still keep two days outside of Israel?
A: In essence, the Rabbis in ancient times maintained as a point of law the observance of two days even after the calendar was fixed. This is for three reasons 1) to continue the historic observance from when there had been a doubt (there is no doubt anymore and the observance is not because of doubt, but under Rabbinic law); 2) in case of a return to genuine uncertainty when both days would again be observed out of doubt (as happened, for example in the gulag when Jewish calendars were forbidden); 3) to endorse the message that it takes two days in the Diaspora to achieve the same ends as one day does in Israel (this is obviously a philosophical, not halachic, idea).
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