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Issue 33
July 2012 
Tammuz / Av 5772
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Dear Reader,


Have you ever heard of "summer brain drain"? It's the expression used to describe the learning loss experienced by school children and university students during the long

summer weeks of hanging out and not doing very much in the way of educational activity. 


The fact that PaL offers a completely flexible programme - you don't even need to pack it in your suitcase to continue your learning while away on holiday! - means that, hopefully, summer brain drain is not something our partners and tutors will be experiencing!


But if you are interested in a bit of a shake-up in your PaL routine during July and August, you can click here for a helpful list of reminders about the learning resources we can offer you.


Of course, it's also only a few short weeks until Rabbi Paysach Krohn once again steps up to the dais to deliver our annual pre-Rosh Hashanah lecture. Save the date in your diary (see below), as it's sure to be as inspiring, exciting and thought-provoking an event as always!


Wishing you easy fasts and a pleasant summer.


Warm wishes

Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community 
seed logo seed, Mowbray House, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 DJ  
'Around the Kiddush Table'
Held in conjunction with Edgware United Synagogue on 14th July 2012. Discussions of contemporary interest led by a Rabbi around the kiddush table, after shul on Shabbos morning. For more information contact Rabbi Avrohom Zeidman - rabbiaz@edgwareu.com
JLE Logo Clear JLE, 152-154 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HE  
'Women's Seuda Shlishit' 
Hosted by Family Reznick on 21st July 2012, for ages 18 to 35. To book a place or for more information email judy@jle.org.uk

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Save the Date!

 PaL is delighted that Rabbi Paysach Krohn will once again be delivering our annual pre-Rosh Hashanah lecture on 10th September 2012 at Finchley United Synagogue. Topic to be announced shortly!

Ask the Rabbi
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Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 

Q:My Hebrew calendar seems to indicate that the fast days of both the 17th Tammuz and 9th Av fall out on a Saturday this year... what are practical ramifications of this, other than fasting on the Sunday instead? Could I, for example, host a birthday tea for my daughter on the Saturday or would that be inappropriate?


A: This year, the fasts of 17th Tammuz and 9th Av, beginning and ending the annual three week mourning period for the Temple, fall on Shabbos.  Fast days commemorating sad events that coincide with Shabbos are postponed to the day following, so we will actually fast on 18th Tammuz and 10th Av.  Interestingly, Shabbos 17th Tammuz is observed normally with no special restrictions, so one may host guests or host a children's party with no concern.  Yet while the first half of Shabbos 9th Av is also observed in the regular way, many people avoid the joy of Torah learning in the afternoon as the fast approaches and while one may eat even a lavish banquet until the fast actually begins, it is not appropriate to host guests for the final meal.  Of course, the fast actually starts at sunset, around an hour before the end of Shabbos.

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