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Issue 72
October 2015
Tishrei 5776
Dear Reader, 
The Yom Tov of Succos is now behind us and the winter months lie ahead.  At PaL we hope that you had an inspirational time over the High Holidays and enjoyed some family time or making some spiritual connections with Judaism.  With attacks increasing in Israel and anti-Semitism on the rise in the UK, we pray that 2015/5776 will be a time of peace, when as Jews we will be able to hold our heads high with pride wherever we go.  And that's what PaL is about - reconnecting Jews to their identity and heritage.  Do join us!
Here at PaL we are looking forward to the Challah Make on Thursday 22 October where we will have our own, very special  PaL section! All Tutors and Partners and their families will come together as part of PaL and make Challah together. Please book your tickets now, as time is running out! Follow this link https://www.shabbatuk.org/challah-make/. When it asks you which organisation you are affiliated with, MAKE SURE YOU SPECIFY 'PAL', and reply to rochel@phoneandlearn.org telling us how many people have signed up so we can add you to our very own PaL group! Alternatively you can call us on 0800 055 3276. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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 happy and healthy new year.

Kind regards
Rochel Taylor
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community
Challa Make
Thursday, 22 October 19:00 to 21:00
Marquee opposite Brent Cross.
Come and make Challa with the PaL family. Partners, Tutors  families and friends are all welcome.
For more information call Rochel on 
0800 055 3276 or email rochel@phoneandlearn.org
JLE Logo Clear
Tuesday 13 October @ 19:30 - 21:30
Chrysanthemum Pier, Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0HJ
Directions: Nearest Tube stations are Temple and Blackfriars (Circle & District Lines)
£15 on the night; £10 early bird online
Freshers Boat Party and Students (until age 24)For more info contact sands@jle.org.uk 
23rd October
The Roving Rabbis
Have one of the seed educators visit your Friday night meal as they criss-cross Edgware on this special Friday night
For more details or to book; contact gbazak@seed.uk.net
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag...

Beginning on December 4 or 5 each year, we (who live outside of Israel) insert in the ninth blessing in the Shemonah Esrei, the blessing in which we ask G-d for a year of prosperity, the words "and give dew and rain." Those who live in Israel start inserting these words on the seventh day of the month of Cheshvan. Why do we add these words, and why is there a difference in the starting dates between the Diaspora and the land of Israel?
During the winter months, we include a supplication for rain in the daily Amidah.  In ancient times, the Jewish people ascended to Jerusalem for Sukkot and it was assumed that those who lived furthest away took about two weeks to travel home.  To avoid poor travel conditions, the prayer for rain (which should really commence directly after Shemini Atzeret) was deferred for a fortnight to 7th Cheshvan.  This has remained the date for starting the prayer in Israel.  However, the Babylonian Talmud considered local needs.  Accordingly, Babylonian Jews started praying for rain 60 days after the autumnal equinox, which was when the local plains required rain.  Our calculation of that date (following the calendar of Shmuel - c. 200 CE, also known as the Julian calendar) is 4th / 5th December, which became the standard for the whole Diaspora.
  New Releases 

Praying with Meaning 
The Touch of Tehillim
Succos Inspired
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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