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Issue 63
January 2015
Teves / Shevat 5775
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Dear Reader, 

We hope you have had a relaxing winter holidays and are now gearing up to going back to work, university or school.  If you are resuming your learning sessions after the holidays, hopefully your PaL learning sessions will warm you up during the remaining winter months.  Should you want ideas for a new topic to learn please contact us on 08000 553 276 for ideas. 

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.      


Warm regards

Rivka Graham
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...

An Overview of Events in the Community




Holocaust Heroes: 5 Great Lives 

5 week historical series featuring heroic personalities from the Holocaust, course given by Rabbi Simon and begins on Tuesday 27 January, 8:00pm at Kesher, 933 Finchley Road NW11 7PE. No charge.


Intro Class with Terry Rubenstein & Elizabeth Marmur

Introduction to our weekly Tuesday night class
Tuesday 13 Jan 2015 from 8 - 9:30pm at Tikun Centre £5 Donation 
See more at: www.tikun.co.uk 
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JLife Taster - Son of Hamas

A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayl, Political Intrigue and Unthinkable Choices.  For the first time, Mosab Hassan Yousef will be speaking for JLE.  

Sunday 18 January 19:30 - 22:00 Catered Dinner, Presentations & Dessert bar. Ages 21 - 35 only. £18 for first 100 to book£25 thereafter.

To book visit: www.jle.org.uk 

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: When growing up, we always celebrated the new year.  It has become a family tradition since then to make new year's resolutions.  Is it a problem according to Jewish Law to celebrate the new year?

A: We are blessed with a full set of Jewish festivals spread through the year, allowing us to experience and develop every conceivable emotion.  Yet it is understandable, given the attention afforded to New Year's Eve in the media, that Jews may want to participate.  There is a long-standing norm that Jews avoid integrating festive practices of other cultures and religions into our own, even those, such as New Year's Eve, which have few religious aspects.  So while we can't say categorically that it is forbidden to make new year's resolutions around 1st January, it would be preferable to save them for Yom Kippur, a day designated by our tradition for this purpose!


  New Releases  
A Touch of Chizuk
Rabbi Yechiel Spero
Seeds and Sprouts
Perri Kaff
Circle, Arrow, Spiral
Miriam Kosman
(Menucha Publishers)
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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