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Issue 27
January 2012 
Teves 5772
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Dear Reader,


PaL is always keen to ensure that both partners and tutors learning under our auspices have access to the most up-to-date learning resources and information.

In the last few weeks we have launched two fantastic new resources.

First, the PaL edition of seed's Foundations programme,
which is available in multi-media format by both email and cd. Foundations covers the basics of Judaism in a user-friendly, practical and informative style, and is perfect for partners who wish to make sure the basics are in place before moving on to a more specialised area of Jewish study.

Second, Tutor Talk is a weekly email for PaL tutors, covering burning issues of the day, talking points from the weekly Parsha and much more.

For more information about either of these programmes, please contact me in the PaL office on 0800 055 3276 or email judy@phoneandlearn.org.

You can also read more in our brand new blog - simply click here to follow!
Warm wishes
Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...  
An Overview of Events in the Community

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

Men's Shabbaton in Gateshead. Friday 6th - Sunday 8th January. Subsidised cost, £75, for men aged 18+ (acceptance subject to interview). For more information or to book, email rabbireznick@jle.org.uk or contact him on 020 8458 4588.     
Kesher Logo Kesher, 933 Finchley Road, London NW11 7PE 


'Becoming Extraordinary' with guest speaker Aliza Bulow.   Monday 23rd January at 8pm, women only. Please contact Ruthie on 07500 116 975 for more information and details of the venue. 


seed logo seed, Mowbray House, Edgware HA8 8DJ


Guest speaker Rebbetzin Holly Pavlov, Wednesday 25th January, 12.30 - 1.30pm. £9 including lunch, or £5 for just the shiur. Contact essie@seed.uk.net for more information.  


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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