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Issue 87
January 2017
Teves 5777

Dear Reader, 

I hope you have had a relaxing winter holidays and are now gearing up to going back to work, university or school.  If you are resuming your learning sessions after the holidays, hopefully your PaL learning sessions will warm you up during the remaining winter months.  Should you want ideas for a new topic to learn please contact the PaL team on 0800 055 3276 for some suggestions. 

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

Warm regards

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

How to Impress your Boss
with expert panel: Edward Misrahi, Keith Breslauer and Emma May
Tuesday 26th January 2017 at Patron Capital: 8-10pm
Ages 22-32
£8 in advance / £10 on the door
For more info visit: www.aish.org.uk

Perusing the Parsha
Professionals' Beis Medrash is delighted to present a 6 week taster course starting on 17th January 
Pinner - Thursday evenings
Edgware - Tuesday evenings
Manchester - Tuesday evenings
For more information and to register contact: register@pbmuk.org

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein
Leadership Inside and Out
Wednesday 11th January at 8:30pm
To reserve your place please email: events@seed.uk.net or call the office on: 0208 958 0820
Voluntary donation at the door
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: Is the fast of the 10th Teves considered to be one of the more minor or major fasts in Judaism? I've never learnt very much about it but wonder if it's something I ought to consider observing, like the 9th Av?
A: The prophets instituted four annual fasts to commemorate the destruction of the Temple.  These ensure that we never forget that Jewish life without the Temple is bereft of its spiritual locus.  Tisha B'Av (9th Av), which marks the destruction itself, is obviously the most major of these - indeed, it lasts for a full day and incorporates many additional restrictions and mourning rituals.  The other three are 17th Tammuz, Tzom Gedaliah (3rd Tishrei) and 10th Teves, which marks the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem prior to the destruction of the First Temple.  These fasts are 'minor' in that they last from dawn to dusk and they have few restrictions, but they are important in that they keep alive our hope for a better, redeemed, world. 

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Parsha Partner contains divrei Torah, inspirational thoughts on tefilla as well as illuminating ideas on the weekly sedra.   
  New Releases 
The Rabbi from the Lower East Side
Menachem J Spiegel
A glimpse into the life of Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Spiegel
The Power of a Vort
Rabbi Yissocher Frand
Torah thoughts, interlaced with wonderfully thought-provoking stories
Kitzur Hilchos Shabbos
Rabbi Yaakov Yechezkel Posen
(Israel Bookshop Publications)
  A great resource to learn the laws of Shabbos in English, in a clear and pleasurable way.
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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