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Issue 81
July 2016
Tammuz 5776
 

Dear Reader, 

The past month at PaL has been action packed.  We had a fantastic day at the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run.  It was great meeting many of our PaL partners and welcoming many new partners to the PaL family.  

Last Shabbos we went to Manchester to launch PaL to various communities there.  There was an overwhelming positive response and we would like to extend a warm welcome our new PaL partners and tutors from up North.

We are currently doing market research to see how we can expand and improve, so when doing our regular follow-up calls we would be so grateful if you could give us a couple of minutes of your time to go through the questions.  

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.   

Warm regards


Rivka Graham 
Programme Coordinator
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community
  
 Aish
INDEPENDENCE DAY BBQ
Any excuse for a BBQ - and the US Indpendence Day is just that!
Just click here to sign up and pay £5.
8pm at the Gefens in Manchester on Monday 4th July 2016



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SCIENCE & RELIGION 
with Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz
Wednesday 6th July @ 9:15pm
Life & Death Decisions in Judaism:
Separating Siamese Twins
Wednesday 13th July @ 9:15pm
Risk and Danger in Jewish Law
Wednesday 20th July @ 9:15
Transplant Surgery & Organ Donation in Judaism


PIMMS ON PRIMROSE 
Bring a picnic blanket and come and join us for Pimms and Strawberries on Promrose Hill on Sunday 3rd July at 3pm. For further information please contact Tamara Jacobson at tamarajacobson@youngus.org.uk


Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
  
Q: In birchas hamozon we say: 'hazon es ho'olom kulo' (G-d feeds the entire world) and 'v'al yechsar lonu mazon' (and we will not lack in food) implying that G-d feeds everyone in the world.  How can we say this when there are people in the world who are starving?

AThe text of the birchas hamozon includes a number of references to G-d as provider of the world's needs.  These include 'hazon es ho'olom kulo' (G-d feeds the entire world) and 'velo raisi tzadik ne'ezov vezaro mevakesh lochem' (I've never seen a righteous person whose children are searching for bread).  These sentiments seem to belie the fact that there are many people who are hungry or even starving in the world.  Yet the ancient authors of these texts were well aware that not everyone has food - in fact in their times, starvation was probably more common and 'close up' than for us today.  It seems likely that their intention was to convey the fact that G-d has invested the world with all the resources required to feed humanity.  Of course, human beings have free choice and we sometimes fail to live up to divine expectations by unfairly distributing those resources or misusing them in other ways.  G-d indeed feeds the world, but we may not.
  New Releases 
 
 
How Free Will Works
Dovid Lieberman
(Feldheim)
 
Explains how free will intersects with, and impacts on Divine providence, mazal, and prayer.
The Night Is Not Dark
Yehudit Golan
(Artscroll)
  
Tells the story of Yitzchak Bernstein, a young boy, a genius with a well-developed streak of mischief - and of the Rabbis in Europe who took him in, taught him, disciplined him and loved him.
To Your Health
Yechezkel Ishayek
(Feldheim)

A unique blueprint on how to lead a healthy lifestyle and prevent serious disease.
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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