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Issue 36
October 2012 
Tishrei / Cheshvan 5773

Dear Reader,



In the last few weeks I've had the opportunity to meet many of our PaL tutors and partners face-to-face. Many attended our two pre-Rosh Hashanah events with Rabbi Paysach Krohn of course; it's always exciting to see PaL partners and tutors making arrangements to meet up and come to the shiur "PaLbag  together. A couple of other PaLs introduced themselves to me in shul on Rosh Hashanah as well - I discovered that my 'Where will you Find your PaL' bag is just the right size for carrying a machzor and assorted toddler snacks - and thus I became a walking advertisement for Phone and Learn!


It occurred to me that you never know who might be a PaL - it could be the woman sitting across the table from you at a wedding, the man davening next to you in shul, or the person in front of you in the queue at Tesco! And they might be a partner, a tutor, or even both. There is no way of identifying a PaL from the outside - but what brings us all together is our common goal to deepen our connection to Judaism and learn more about our heritage.


Are you a PaL too? And if not - why not?!


Wishing you all a chag sameach and a wonderful month.




Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community  
"Kesher Kesher, 933 Finchley Road, London NW11 7PE  
Sushi in the Succah - Chol Hamoed, Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at 8pm. 819 Finchley Road NW11, entrance by donation. RSVP to Dvora (020 8458 5836) or Ruthie (07500 116 975). 

"JLE JLE, 152-154 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HE 
Succos Melave Malka - Motzei Shabbos, 6th October 2012 at 9.30pm. An inspirational Succos event with live music, great food and a guest speaker. £10 per person, limited places available. To pre-book visit www.jle.org.uk or email rabbireznick@jle.org.uk.  
Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 

Q:  I'm a bit confused as to the status of the last two days of the Succos festival, Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah. Are they part of Succos or are they something completely separate? And if they are part of Succos, why do some people leave their succah and take their meals indoors on Shemini Atzeres? 


A: The last day of Succos is really a festival all of its own - Shemini Atzeres. It has its own liturgy and we recite the 'shehechiyanu' bracha (thanking G-d for sustaining our lives), as it is a separate festival.  Loosely translated, its name means 'eighth day on which the festival cycle comes to an end' - it's the eighth day from the beginning of Succos.  Long ago, the Rabbis decided to fix the annual Torah-reading cycle to begin and end at this time of year and it became traditional to turn the day into a celebration for the Torah, known as Simchas Torah.  In the Diaspora, where each one-day biblical festival is extended to two days, Simchas Torah is marked on the second day of Shemini Atzeres; in Israel, they are rolled into one.  There is one remaining complication - in the Diaspora, the eighth day, Shemini Atzeres doubles as the 'doubtful' seventh day of Succos, which is why many people still eat in the Succah.  That is, of course, if it's not raining!

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