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Issue 59
September 2014
Ellul 5774

Dear Reader, 

September is the busiest month at PaL with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succos just around the corner - those of you who are currently learning with a PaL will be receiving your Yom Tov material from us shortly.  


On September 22nd we are delighted to welcome Rabbi Paysach Krohn, founder of PaL, back to London for our annual pre-Rosh Hashanah lecture. Men and women are welcome to attend our event in Finchley United Synagogue, all details can be found in the flyer below. Alternatively please contact me on 0800 055 3276 or email rivka@phoneandlearn.org for more information.

You can find out about events of interest in our Round Up below.  Or you could simply decide to pick up a new Jewish book to study - take a look at the new releases we've highlighted.     

Wishing you all a kesiva v'chasima tova
Kind regards


Rivka Graham
Programme Coordinator  
Round Up...

An Overview of Events in the Community


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Friday night - #OnTheMed

Join us for our Summer Friday night dinner with a twist. Friday 12 Sept

Services: 19:00
Champagne Reception: 20:00 - 20:30
Cost: £12 if booked before 9 September, £15 thereafter 

Ages: 21 - 35

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Miracles and Fate on 78

Ari Schonbrun was on the 78th floor of the World Trade Centre on 9/11 when the planes hit. 

Wednesday 10th September

At Seed, Edgware 8:00 - 9:45pm

cost £10

Call 020 8958 0820 for more info

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: I always thought that blowing the shofar was unique to Rosh Hashanah but one of my kids told me that in school he learned that the shofar is blown for a whole month beforehand as well. Why? And do I have the same obligation to go and hear it as I do on yom tov?

A: The Biblical Mitzvah to hear the shofar applies only on Rosh Hashanah itself.  However, if you've ever visited a Shul on a weekday during the month of Ellul, you will have heard the shofar sounded briefly at the end of Shacharis (Morning Service).  This late post-talmudic custom is intended to alert us to the approaching Yom Tov season and to help inspire us to recognise the need for introspection as the Jewish year draws to a close.  The origin of the practice is a midrash, which notes that Moshe ascended Mount Sinai for the third time, accompanied by shofar blasts, on the first day of Ellul.  At the end of a forty-day period, he would return on Yom Kippur to deliver the second tablets and announce that G-d had finally pardoned the Israelites for the sin of the Golden Calf.  We replicate that process by blowing the shofar throughout Ellul.  However, unlike on Rosh Hashanah itself, hearing the shofar during Ellul is only a custom and one need not attend Shul specially for it.

New Releases  
Let My Nation Be Warned
Yosef Deutsch
Effective Living
Rabbi Abraham J Twerski

Moadei Hashanah
Rabbi Shimshon Dovid Pincus
Save 10%!   
With thanks to PaL's Judaica suppliers Torah Treasures (NW11), Judaica World (Manchester) and Brauns Judaica (N16) a 10% discount is offered on every book purchase made for your PaL partnership!

Torah Treasures
020 8458 8289  
Judaica World
0161 773 4956
Brauns Judaica
020 8809 9393

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