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Issue 86
December 2016
Kislev 5777

Dear Reader, 

In the coming month we will be celebrating Chanukah.  If you know someone who would like to explore their Jewish heritage in more depth, why not take Chanukah as your springboard and invite them to have a look at our website www.phoneandlearn.org. The eight-day festival has strong associations with the rededication of Jewish learning, so it's the perfect opportunity. 

We are encouraged by how many of you took part in our special ShabbatUK learning programme.  Of course, these modules are available all year - there is no need to wait until the next ShababatUK! For more information email us on: info@phoneandlearn.org

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.      
Have a Happy Chanukah and a fantastic month!

Warm regards

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


Pre-Chanukah Party
Sunday 18th December 8:00pm
Music, Champagne, Sushi & Doughnuts. 100s of Young Professionals at one of London's trendiest venues. 
BOOK NOW to secure your advance tickets www.aish.org.uk 
OR £30 on the night

Young United Synagogue
Friday Night Dinner on Friday 9th December at Beit Hamadras, Hendon. Join us for authentic Indian cuisine with our special Young US 'Shabbatmosphere'. Members £27.50, non members £30. 
To book please visit: www.theus.org.uk

Babies & Bagels
Monday 19th December at 11:00am
Music with Tali and make a baby Menorah for Chanukah.  Special latkes made on the spot!
For more details contact Debbie at:

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: What is the message of Chanukah, isn't it just a story of a Jewish resistance movement?
A: Many people think of Chanukah as a simple winter festival of lights or even just a simple story of a Jewish resistance movement. In reality, it celebrates the victory in second Temple times of the Maccabees over the Greeks and Hellenists who taught a subtly different, yet deeply threatening, ideology.  For the Hellenists, beauty, culture and philosophy were ends in themselves, something utterly alien to traditional Judaism; yet many Jews were taken in by it.  Authentic Judaism can embrace many of these ideas and aspirations, but only when they are placed firmly within the framework of Torah and Mitzvos - i.e. they are a means to Jewish spirituality, rather than an end in themselves.  The war of the Maccabees celebrates this victory and the powerful Menorah, whose arms perfectly represent the various forms of human wisdom focused towards a single, spiritual goal, represents it perfectly.

  New Releases 
Bring out the best
Rabbi Yisroel Roll
Bring out the best in our kids, in ourselves, and in all those whose lives we touch.
The Touch of Tehillim
Rabbi Yechiel Spero
A new dimension to the eternal words of Tehillim, and an illustration of their messages with true-life stories.
The Making of a Halachic Decision
Rabbi Moshe Walter
(Menucha Publishers)
 Explores the route that has been traversed through the ages by our greatest Halachic authorities.
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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