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Issue 75
January 2016
Teves/Shevat 5776

Dear Reader, 

I hope you have had a relaxing winter holidays and are now gearing up to going back to work, university or school.  Now that you are resuming your learning sessions after the holidays I hope that 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 the PaL office 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
Abigail Burman 
Follow-Up Coordinator
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community
Jewish Woman - 4 Week series
Starting: Tuesday 12th January 2016 @ 8:30pm. At Jewish Care, 221 Golders Green Rd, London NW11 9DQ. Contact info@orah.org.uk or www.orah.org.uk
Brainfood - by Rabbi Malcom Herman
Sunday 10th January 2016 @ 8pm. New West End Synagogue, Bayswater, London W2 4JT. Contact families@newwestend.org.uk 
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Jlife Taster "My father was a Nazi, I served in the IDF"
A fascinating tale of hope, inspiration and courage. An evening not to be missed!
Monday 18th January 2016 @ 7:30pm.
Age: 22- 35. JLE 152-154 Golders Green Road, London NW11 8HE.
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q Where does the custom of eating 15 different fruits on Tu B'shevat come from? Is there a deeper meaning behind it or does 15 simply represent the date of the month it falls on?
AThe 15th of Shevat is mentioned in the Mishnah as a tax date for farmers, as it marked the beginning of the new tithing year for most type of fruit.  Today this date is significant, as it is needed to ensure that Israeli fruits are tithed in the correct year of the seven-year Shemittah cycle.  Rashi (a leading classical commentary) explains that this date was chosen because (at least in Israel), the majority of the winter has passed and the sap is starting to rise in the trees.  A later custom is to celebrate the first herald of spring by eating fruits on 15th Shevat, especially those for which the Land of Israel is renowned - dates, olives, pomegranates, figs and grapes.  Although in this context the number 15 has no significance beyond being the date of the month, it is a common practice to serve 15 fruits.  Some imbue this number with meaning, as there were 15 steps between the two major sections of the Temple and there are 15 Songs of Ascent (Shir Hama'alos) in Tehillim (Psalms).  Whatever one does on the day, it should be an opportunity to thank G-d for the bounty and diversity available at your local greengrocer to enjoy and appreciate!
  New Releases 
From The InsideOut
Sara Weissman
A Torah based approach to personal development and character building. 

Letters to My Children
Rabbi Dr Abraham J. Twerski

 Rabbi Dr Twerski shares his insight into building relationships and keeping them strong and fresh. 

Rebbetzin Tzipporah Heller
(Menucha Publishers)

'Return' is Rebbetzin Heller's latest book - a step by step guide to Teshuva - lasting change. 

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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