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Issue 14
December 2010 
Kislev / Teves 5771
Dear Reader,

One of the main themes of Chanukah is 'renewal'.  The festival commemorates the rededication of the Beis Hamikdash and this idea is emphasised further by the coming of Rosh Chodesh, the new month, on the 6th night of the holiday. Chanukah, then, is the perfect time for you to renew and strengthen your relationship with Hashem, your Jewish learning and perhaps even your PaL! Why not kickstart this by attending seed's One-to-One Chanukah learning event on 6th December - more details can be found below.

Warm wishes
Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...  
An Overview of Events in the Community
PaLse.ed, Mowbray House, 58-70 Edgware Way, HA8 8DJ 

 Let There Be Light - a Chanukah Celebration of one-to-one learning. Monday 6th December 2010, 8.15pm at Hasmonean Boys School. RSVP Avi on 020 8958 0830 or email alazarus@seed.uk.net. Don't forget to mention that you learn one-to-one through PaL! Please click on the link below for more information.

AishAish UK, 379 Hendon Way, NW4 3LP
Thursday nights women's learning programme, for women aged 19 to 28. 7.30pm - the Law of Shabbos and Yom Tov with Rabbi Jonny Roodyn. 8.15pm - the weekly parsha with Rabbi Shimshon Silkin. Every Thursday until December 31st 2010. For more information email ask@aish.org.uk.

JLE logoJLE, 152-154 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HE 

Winter bank holiday seminar. Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 December 2010, 10.15am. With Rabbi Danny Kirsch and Rabbi Aubrey Hersh. For more information email rabbistepsky@jle.org.uk.

Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag...
Q: My wife's parents have invited us for Shabbat lunch on 25th December and I know that my mother-in-law plans to serve roast turkey. I feel very uncomfortable about the idea of eating a turkey dinner (with all the trimmings!) on Xmas day, even though it will of course be 100% kosher, but my wife insists on going and says I'm being extremist about it. Who's right?

 A: In addition to forbidding actual non-Jewish religious worship, the halachah forbids 'chukas hagoy' - those practices devised to achieve a non-Jewish religious objective.  Other practices, while associated with non-Jewish religious holidays, have no religious connotation and are thus permitted.  As such, while you might prefer to have cholent and kugel for Shabbat / Xmas lunch, it is permitted to eat turkey as it is simply a seasonal food devoid of religious significance.  But how exactly do you plan to light your pudding on Shabbos?!  More seriously, in cases like this, when family sensitivities are involved, it is important to be as flexible as possible and not allow one's gut response to prevail!

Partners and Tutors are invited to email questions arising from their PaL learning to asktherabbi@phoneandlearn.org

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