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Your monthly Phone and Learn
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Issue 5
July 2009 
Tammuz 5769
Dear Reader,

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If you're looking for some inspiration to get you through the Three Weeks before Tisha B'Av, our book recommendation, "What's the Purpose" by Rabbi Hillel Rotenberg, could be the perfect choice, showing us the importance of using our lives in this world to achieve our true purpose. On Tisha B'Av itself (30 July) the JLE will be running a full day programme of services, classes and video presentations - see below for more details!

Have a meaningful month of July

Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator
Round Up...  
An Overview of Learning Events in the Community
 Kinloss Learning Centre Kesher, 933 Finchley Road, London NW11
Kesher Q & A - A monthly forum for any questions you may have about Judaism. Next session - Monday 6 July, 8pm. Send in questions in advance to q&a@kesher.org.uk or ask from the floor! No question too simple or too contraversial! For more information telephone 020 8458 5836.

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 The Search for Soul - Mystical Analysis of the Soul with Rabbi Dovid Roberts. Tuesday 21 July, 7.45pm - 10pm, with a Metsuyan dinner. For more information telephone 020 8958 0820.

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JLE, 152-154 Golders Green Road, London, NW11 8HE
Holy Fire - Chassidic Thought on the Fast of Av - with Rabbi Reuven Stepsky. 6pm, Thursday 30 July 2009 (Tisha B'Av). For more information on this class or the rest of the JLE Tisha B'Av programme telephone 020 8458 4588.

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Questions from the PaL Mailbag...
Q: An American Evangelical Christian friend of mine mentioned that she will not swear allegiance to the USA flag because it is thought of as idolatry. If UK plans to include an oath of allegiance as part of primary school citizenship classes come to fruition, what would the ramifications be for Jews? Would this be considered to be idol-worship?
A: I don't see it as being problematic. It is common in the USA in even very religious schools to swear allegiance in this way.It seems very far-fetched to suggest that swearing allegiance to the flag means that one attributes power to the flag itself, which would be considered idolatry. Rather, it means that one commits oneself to live by the laws and ideals of the country, as represented by the flag.

Partners and Tutors are invited to email questions arising from their PaL learning to asktherabbi@phoneandlearn.org

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