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Issue 35
September 2012 
Ellul / Tishrei 5772/3

Dear Reader,



September is the busiest month at Phone and Learn! Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succos "Rabbiare just around the corner of course - those of you who are currently learning with a PaL will already have received your Yomim Noraim material from us - including an exclusive short film produced by 'Torah Live'.  


On September 10th and 11th we are delighted to welcome Rabbi Paysach Krohn, founder of PaL, back to London for our annual pre-Rosh Hashanah lecture. This year we are offering a double-helping of Rabbi Krohn - both men and women are welcome to attend our event in Finchley United Synagogue on Monday 10th; and on Tuesday 11th, the yahrzeit of the Chofetz Chaim, there will be another opportunity for the ladies of the community to hear a second shiur, in North London this time. All details can be found in the flyers below. Alternatively please contact me on 0800 055 3276 or email judy@phoneandlearn.org for more information.


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Wishing you all a kesiva v'chasima tova 


Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community 
Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 

Q: My tutor told me that during the ten days of repentance between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, she adheres to various stringencies such as not buying unsupervised chocolate and crispbreads when she's normally not fussed about it. She told me that after Yom Kippur she will almost certainly return to her previous standards; this is something she does annually. It seems fairly pointless and hypocritical to me! How does that earn 'brownie points' with G-d when He knows perfectly well that she doesn't intend to maintain the practice?



A: During the run up to Rosh HaShanah and especially during the ten days of repentance leading to Yom Kippur, it is common practice, one even enshrined in halachic sources, to adopt certain personal kashrus stringencies.  An example is only eating supervised foods, even when an unsupervised alternative is actually permitted.  What is the point of this, given that one has no intention of maintaining this standard after Yom Kippur has passed? Personal growth certainly involves observance, Torah study and personal development.  Yet it is also about setting aspirations, recognising personal heights to which we might one day aspire.  These must be both in ritual life, such as what we eat, and in our interpersonal life, such as how we speak about others and how we conduct our business affairs. Trying out a higher level of observance at this time of the year indicates that we realise there is much work to do and might just lead us to consider it on a more permanent basis!

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 Make Yourself at Home
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Rosh Hashanah
Rabbi Yitzchak Sender

Twerski on Machzor 
(Yom Kippur)
Rabbi Abraham J Twerski
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