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Issue 17
March 2011 
Adar I-II 5771
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Dear Reader,

Happy Purim!

Purim is almost upon us, but before you get too carried away with all those delicious hamantaschen, why not take a peek at some of our recommended  reading for the month, or check out one of the pre-Purim (or if you're feeling super-organised, pre-Pesach) events highlighted below.  

For any tips or advice on sending mishloach manos (Purim baskets) to your PaL, please don't hesitate to contact us by calling 0800 055 3276 or emailing info@phoneandlearn.org .  


Wishing you an enjoyable, meaningful and above all 'frelichen' Purim!


Warm wishes
Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 

Round Up...  
An Overview of Events in the Community

JLE logoJLE, 152-154 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HE 

Knowledge Base - a six week taster course in experiencing the true excitement of Jewish learning, logic and inspiration. Begins Tuesday 1 March 2011, from 7.45-10pm. Voluntary donation. For more information contact rabbireznick@jle.org.uk

Kesher LogoKesher, 933 Finchley Road, NW11 7PE   

Pre-Purim shiur with Rabbi Rashi Simon. Tuesday 15 March, 8.30pm. For more information contact Dvora by emailing connect@kesher.org.uk.  

seed logoseed, 58-70 Edgware Way, HA8 8DJ 

Pre-Pesach 'Multiple Choice' - with Rabbis Tugendhaft, Herman and Freilich. Tuesday 29 March from 8-8.45pm, followed by keynote speaker Rabbi Joey Grunfeld. Cost - £8. For more information contact charlotte@seed.uk.net.  

Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag...
Q: Is it really a 'mitzvah' to get drunk on Purim or simply a custom that people tend to take a little too far?

 A:The Talmud (Megillah 7b) says that 'one is obliged to become so intoxicated on Purim that one cannot distinguish between cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordechai', a rule that is to be observed only during the Purim feast, and not throughout Purim.  Some authorities assume that this means that one should 'drink more than usual, until one falls asleep', although others seem to take the obligation more literally!  Purim is a day on which in which we are encouraged to make profound connections: with others, with G-d, and with ourselves - drinking removes our inhibitions, and, in the right environment, enables to get in touch with inner lives a little more than on other days.  However, extreme drinking that leads to vulgar behaviour or loss of control is always forbidden, even at the Purim feast.  As Rama writes in the laws of Purim: 'whether one drinks a lot or a little, one's heart must always be inclined heavenward'.

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

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