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Issue 95
September 2017
Ellul 5777

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 11th and 12th 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 Monday 11th September there will be an opportunity for the ladies of the community to hear a shiur in North London, and on Tuesday 12th 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. 

We are very much looking forward to seeing PaL's at our events next week! 

Wishing you all a kesiva v'chasima tova.

Warm regards

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

Avinu Malkeinu
Wednesday 6th September @ 8.15pm
Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein will be speaking for the 12th annual night of awakening 
Ladies and girls welcome
Tickets £10 and only sold at the door
Hasmonean Girls School
2-4 Page Street, London NW7 2EU
Doors open 7:45pm

Pre-Rosh Hashana Seminar
Sunday 10th September
19:30 Buffet Supper
20:00 Getting into Gear for the New Year
20:45 Desserts
21:00 Workshop options
22:00 Maariv
Suggested donation £7.50 per person
To book and for venue details email:
shuli@shemabni.org.uk or message 07421 357 092
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
QI have heard that there is a custom to eat certain foods on the first night Rosh Hashana to symbolise a successful and prosperous year ahead. This seems unusual since Judaism doesn't usually approve of superstition. What is the background to this?
AThere is an almost universal custom of eating apple dipped in honey on Rosh Hashana. It's based on an idea mentioned in the Talmud (Horios 12a) that one should eat 'auspicious' foods to get the new year off to a good start.
The Talmud mentions dates, gourd and leeks, to which later sources have added such foods as carrots and fish. These foods have Hebrew, Aramaic or even Yiddish names that indicate prosperity and security. Interestingly, the Rambam omits this practice from his code, as he may have regarded it as superstitious, and while its Talmud origins do seem a little odd, later sources embrace it and assume that it merely symbolises our aspirations for the year ahead.

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