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Issue 77
March 2016
Adar I/ Adar II 5776
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Dear Reader, 
We've had a busy month here at the PaL office and are now delighted to welcome back our dedicated Programme Coordinator Rivka Graham from maternity leave. 
Purim is fast approaching so we are sure you will enjoy discussing the Purim story as well as the significance of the special Mitzvos (commandments) practiced on the day of Purim. Why not take a look at some of the new book releases in preparation for Purim?
Purim is a special time to share with others. For any tips on sending mishloach manos (Purim Food baskets) to your PaL tutor or partner, please don't hesitate to contact us by calling the office on 0800 055 3276 or emailing info@phoneandlearn.org.  
Wishing you an enjoyable, meaningful and above all a happy Purim!

Warm regards
Abigail Burman 
Follow-Up Coordinator
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community

Behind the Scenes in the Megillah
Wednesday 16th March 2016 @ 8:30pm. Kesher, 933 Finchley Road, London, NW11 7PE.
Contact rsimon@kesher.org.uk or 020 8458 5836 for more info. 

Young Professionals (30+) Friday Night Dinner
Friday 18th March @ 7;00pm. South Hampstead United Synagogue, 21-22 Eton Villas, Eton Road,NW3 4SG.
Contact shlomo.odze@southhampstead.org
 for more info. 

Family Purim Circus Show
Sunday 20th March @ 3:30 - 5:00pm. Central Synagogue 36-40 Hallam Street, London, W1W 6NW. 
Contact office@marblearch.org.uk for more info.
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: Is it really a 'mitzvah' to get drunk on Purim or simply a custom that people tend to take a little too far?

A:The Talmud (Megillah 7b) says that 'one is obliged to become so intoxicated on Purim that one cannot distinguish between cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordechai', a rule that is to be observed only during the Purim feast, and not throughout Purim.  Some authorities assume that this means that one should 'drink more than usual, until one falls asleep', although others seem to take the obligation more literally!  Purim is a day on which in which we are encouraged to make profound connections: with others, with G-d, and with ourselves - drinking removes our inhibitions, and, in the right environment, enables to get in touch with our inner lives a little more than on other days.  However, extreme drinking that leads to vulgar behaviour or loss of control is always forbidden, even at the Purim feast.  As it is written in the laws of Purim: 'whether one drinks a lot or a little, one's heart must always be inclined heavenward'. 
  New Releases 
Megillas Esther: The Answer is...
Rabbi Chagai Vilosky
  Prepare to understand Megillas Esther like never before...
Conversations with G-d
Ruchi Koval
A new look at Prayer for the Jewish Woman
Reaching the Next Generation
Rabbi Shmuel Yaacov Klein
A leading educator's time-tested insights for for Parents and Teachers
Save 10%!   
With thanks to PaL's Judaica suppliers Torah Treasures (NW11), Judaica World (Manchester) and Brauns Judaica (N16) a 10% discount is offered on every book purchase made for your PaL partnership!

Torah Treasures
020 8458 8289  
Judaica World
0161 773 4956
Brauns Judaica
020 8809 9393

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