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Issue 83
September 2016
Ellul 5776
Dear Reader, 

We hope you had an enjoyable holiday.  The month ahead is a busy one at PaL with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succos just around the corner - those of you who are currently learning with a PaL will be receiving your Yom Tov material from us shortly.   

On September 27th and 28th we are delighted to welcome Rabbi Paysach Krohn, founder of PaL, back to London for our annual pre-Rosh Hashanah lecture. This year we are offering a double-helping of Rabbi Krohn - on Tuesday 27th September there will be an opportunity for the ladies of the community to hear a shiur in North London, and on Wednesday 28th September both men and women are welcome to attend our event in Finchley United Synagogue. All details can be found in the flyers below. Alternatively please contact me on 0800 055 3276 or email rivka@phoneandlearn.org for more information. 

You can find out about events of interest in our Round Up below; alternatively you could pick up a new Jewish book to study - take a look at the new releases we've highlighted. 

Wishing you all a kesiva v'chasima tova 

Warm regards

Rivka Graham 
Programme Coordinator
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community


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KIDNAPPED: A Mother's Story From Tragedy to Hope
In June 2014, 3 boys, Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah were abducted and killed by Hamas terrorists. Hear from the mother of Gilad - a personal heartbreaking and insprational tale - how against a backdrop of loss and devastation, 3 young boys united a nation and brought them together in unprecedented acts of unity and kindness.
Monday 26 September 20:00 - 22:00
Young Professionals 22 - 35
For more info contact sarah@jle.org.uk
An evening with SHTAR - finalists in Israel's version of X Factor.
Monday 19th September
Live at The Chigwell & Hainault Shul Hall, doors open 7pm
Online bookings visit www.aish.org.uk

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: I always thought that blowing the shofar was unique to Rosh Hashanah but one of my kids told me that in school he learned that the shofar is blown for a whole month beforehand as well. Why? And do I have the same obligation to go and hear it as I do on Yom Tov?
A: The Biblical Mitzvah to hear the shofar applies only on Rosh Hashanah itself.  However, if you've ever visited a Shul on a weekday during the month of Ellul, you will have heard the shofar sounded briefly at the end of Shacharis (Morning Service).  This late post-talmudic custom is intended to alert us to the approaching Yom Tov season and to help inspire us to recognise the need for introspection as the Jewish year draws to a close.  The origin of the practice is a midrash, which notes that Moshe ascended Mount Sinai for the third time, accompanied by shofar blasts, on the first day of Ellul.  At the end of a forty-day period, he would return on Yom Kippur to deliver the second tablets and announce that G-d had finally pardoned the Israelites for the sin of the Golden Calf.  We replicate that process by blowing the shofar throughout Ellul.  However, unlike on Rosh Hashanah itself, hearing the shofar during Ellul is only a custom and one need not attend Shul specially for it.
  New Releases 
Halachic Handbook: The Laws of the Succah and Four Species
Rabbi Shmuel Felder & Rabbi Yitzchok Rosedale

A concise and clear summary of the laws related to the Succah and the four species

Refuah Sheleima
Community Kollel
Concise Guide to the Laws of Healing on Shabbos

To Be a Mentch
Yitzchak Shkop

 A practical guide to improving our interpersonal relationships

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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