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Issue 74
December 2015
Kisleiv 5776
 
 
    
Dear Reader, 
 
The PaL team enjoyed meeting new tutors and partners at the Sem and Yeshiva Fair at the beginning of November.
 
Chanukah is fast approaching; the wonderful festival of lights. Chanukah is a prime opportunity to come together with family and friends and enjoy latkes and doughnuts whilst to learning about our Jewish Heritage and the history of our People. It is a time for togetherness, a time for sharing not only the lights of Chanukah but also the story and lasting message of Chanukah.
 
Instead of learning your usual topics this week perhaps consider reviewing the laws, customs and ideas of Chanukah in preparation for a festival that will fill our world with light.
 
Happy Chanukah 
Warm regards
 
 
The PaL Team 
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community
  
 
Chanukah on Ice
Sunday 13th December 2015 @ 2:45 pm
Join Tribe At The Tower of London Ice Rink for a Chanuka "ICETRAVAGANZA)
Contact info@tribeuk.com or call 020 8343 5656 for more information
 
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Raising a Jewish Family Seminar
25th - 28th December 2015 @ The Nottingham Eastwood Hall Hotel
For more information contact Essie - 07866 819 786 or essie@seed.uk.net 
Aish
Young Professionals Chanukah Party
13th December 2015, 7:45 pm
Grand Ballroom, Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch - tickets £25 each or 5 tickets for £75
Contact Cassie 07773 022 442 or cmann@aish.org.uk
www.aish.org.uk
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
 
Q: Why do we use an eight-branched menorah on Chanukah and are there any rules governing a Chanukah menorah
   
A: The menorah in the Mishkan, later used in the Temple, had seven branches (Shemot 25:32). Although Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the Temple and relighting of the menorah during the second Temple period, the design of the Chanukah menorah is only loosely based on its Temple antecedent.  The main difference is that the Chanukah menorah has eight branches (plus one for an additional light to emphasise that the menorah is for contemplation, not to light the room) so that eight lamps can be lit on the final night.  It is a symbolic, rather than halachically faithful representation of the Temple menorah.  To allow a passer-by to determine easily which night of Chanukah is being celebrated, the branches of the menorah should be made in a straight line at the same height as each other.
 
 
 
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