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Issue 30
April 2012 
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Dear Reader,

 

It was wonderful to meet so many different people from accross the spectrum of the UK's Jewish community at the Jewish Living Expo in March! There were thousands of men, women and children browsing the many stalls and PaL was certainly one of the more high profile exhibitors. Everywhere we turned we could see people using their 'Where will you find your PaL' bags to store literature and sample goodies as they took in the everything on offer!  The PaL Team

Visitors to our stand included the Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and his wife Lady Sacks, as well as Tribe's Chief Executive Rabbi Andrew Shaw and our very own Rabbi Harvey Belovski.

Now as our thoughts turn to Pesach, the holiday that represents the birth of the Jewish nation, it's good to reflect on a day that united the Jewish community with such warmth and enthusiasm. Wishing you all a chag kasher vesameach
 
Warm wishes
Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community

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

'Pesach and Beyond'
Supper with Rabbi Akiva Tatz. Tuesday 10th April 2012 at 8pm.
5 for men only, pre-booking available.
For more information email rabbireznick@jle.org.uk.

'Israel Unplugged' Supper.
Wednesday April 25th at 7.30pm. Free supper, booking essential.
For men and women aged 18 - 35.
For more information telephone 020 8458 4588.
 

Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
 
Q: I don't understand why we have to be so careful on Pesach about buying products like salt and sugar that are certified kosher for Passover, just in case they've been contaminated by a bit of chametz. During the year we're not so worried about them becoming contaminated with general non-kosher food! My tutor explained that it is because of the rule of non-kosher food becoming invalidated if it is mixed in with kosher food sixty times its volume. She said that this rule doesn't apply to chametz and therefore we have to be extra careful. Where's the logic in this? It doesn't make sense to me.

 

A:While throughout the year, one must be careful to avoid non-kosher products, this is achieved by buying either kosher-certified foods or sticking to the huge range of general products listed by the LBD and other authorities.  Yet at Pesach-time, it is normal practice to purchase all processed foods under supervision, even those like salt and coffee that are unlikely to contain chametz.

 

The rabbis explain that the Pesach restrictions differ from year-round kashrut in several ways:

 

1)    Eating chametz on Pesach is a more severe prohibition than most regular food prohibitions.

2)    Unlike other prohibited foods, chametz is permitted 51 weeks of the year.  Since we are used to eating chametz, greater diligence is needed to avoid eating it in error.

3)    For these and other reasons, the usual principle that forbidden substances are nullified in a mixture 60 times their volume, does not apply.

 

As such, except in unusual situations, we take great care to actively remove even the possibility of chametz from the foods we eat on Pesach.  Do ask your rabbi for details, especially if your circumstances are difficult.  Have a wonderful and kosher Pesach!

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