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Issue 90
April 2017
Nissan 5777

Dear Reader, 

As we prepare to celebrate Pesach next week, we find ourselves at one of the highlights of the Jewish calendar. Seder night is the pinnacle of Pesach and an overriding theme during the Seder night, is that of questions and answers.
The best way for self-growth and exploring Judaism is through asking questions.  What better way to address questions than during your PaL learning sessions?  
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.          

Please note that the PaL office will be closed between Thursday 6th April and Wednesday 19th April (inclusive).

Wishing you all a chag kasher ve'sameach!
Warm regards

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

Pre-Pesach Seminar including buffet supper with practical tips from Rabbi Reuven Stepsky, Hagaddah insights from Rabbi Rashi Simon
Monday 3rd April from 7:30 - 10:00 pm 
Kesher Community Centre 
933 Finchley Road, London NW11 7PE
For more info contact Shuli on:

Aish Essex invites you to our annual Pesach Barbeque 
Thursday 13th April @ 6pm
email mendy@aish.org.uk for more info

Pre-Pesach lecture with Rabbi Joseph Dweck
Wednesday 5th April from 8 - 9 pm
Lauderdale Road Synagogue
For more information visit:
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: What is chametz?  Why can't we eat it on Pesach?
A: Chametz results from mixing particular grains (wheat, barley, rye, spelt and oats) with water and leaving the mixture long enough to leaven, or rise - defined as 18 minutes or more. During Pesach, all chametz is forbidden and any products for Pesach made from one of these grains must be made unleavened - what is known as matzah. When our forefathers were driven out of Egypt as the Jewish people came into existence, they had insufficient time for their dough to rise. As a result, they ate unleavened bread. The prohibition of leaven re-enacts this monumental event. Matzah is not just the 'bread of affliction' but it also represents simplicity and as such is the symbol of national beginnings, the transition from slavery to freedom and the aspirations of the Jewish people. 
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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 Generation to Generation Haggadah
Rabbi Nosson Muller
 Tools to make the Seder an unforgettable event and an exciting learning experience
The Chafetz Chaim Haggadah
(Israel Bookshop Publications)  
Rabbi Shalom Meir Wallach
 Stories, parables, and commentary on the Haggadah based on the writings of Rav Yisrael Meir Hakohen of Radin
A People, A Country, A Heritage
Rabbi Joshua Gerstein
 Torah Inspiration from the Land of Israel
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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