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Issue 85
November 2016
Cheshvan 5777
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Dear Reader, 

As October turns to November, we embark on an entire month without festivals or holidays - four full weeks of work or study stretch ahead of us! 

Yet to brighten up the darkness, it is just 1 week until Shabbat UK / The Shabbos Project

PaL has created some fantastic short courses to explain the Why's and How's of; 
  • Preparing for Shabbat
  • Shabbat Table 
  • Shabbat Services  
Each course is only two, half-hour sessions and can be learned on the phone or skype with a PaL tutor.  Watch this video: https://youtu.be/LCcR1VR0W8U and pass it onto your family and friends who might be interested.  To sign up email info@phoneandlearn.org or visit www.phoneandlearn.org 

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. 

Warm regards

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


Friday night dinner at the Mayerfelds with guest speaker, Rabbi Sharon Shalom.
Friday 11th November @ 18:30
For more info visit:

Join Seed to make this Shabbat UK the most special weekend ever!
11-13 November 2016
Horwood Hotel, Milton Keynes
For more info email: debbie@seed.uk.net

Calling all couples in their 20s & 30s to join Tikun in Borehamwood for Shabbat UK!!
Friday 11th November @ 19:00
For more info email: lauren@tikun.co.uk

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: Shabbat UK and other great initiatives have encouraged lots of us to think about reaching out to members of the Jewish community who have not yet experienced a traditional Shabbat meal.  But if a potential guest may drive to one's home on Shabbat, is it still permissible to issue the invitation?
A: While there is a range of Rabbinic opinion on this topic, a prevalent view, attributed to Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l, is that if the guest lives within walking distance (let's say an hour for a healthy adult), there is no concern.  But if the person lives further away, it would be correct to offer him or her somewhere to stay for Shabbat. Even if that offer is not accepted, it remains permitted to host him or her for a Shabbat meal.  If even this isn't practical, Rabbinic advice should be sought.

  New Releases 
Medical Decisions in Halachah
Rabbi Moshe Rotberg
(Israel Bookshop Publications)
Discover clarity and up-to-date information about halachah's stance regarding complex medical decisions
A Shabbos Vort
Rabbi Yisroel Bronstein
Stories, parables and insights on the weekly parsha
The Rashi Challenge
Rabbi Jonathan Fox
(Israel Bookshop Publications)
3,000 questions for the shabbos table and review Rashi's commentary with the ultimate parsha Q&A
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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