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Your monthly Phone and Learn
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Issue 76
February 2016
Shevat/Adar I 5776
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Dear Reader, 

I hope that you have had a busy and productive month. Here at PaL we have been busy setting up new learning partnerships and following up on existing ones. Your commitment to PaL is fantastic and we always enjoy hearing how tutors and partners alike gain tremendously from their learning sessions. 

Many of you have completed books or topics they set out to learn together and will enjoy celebrating their achievement and choosing something new to study. Please do share this with us too! 
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

Where Dreams Come True - By Saul Blinkoff
Sunday 14th February 2016 @ 8pm. seed Edgware, Mowbray House, 58-70 Edgware Way, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 8DJ
Contact events@seed.uk.net or call 0208 958 0820 

Tanach Tour of The British Museum- by Rabbi Arye Forta
Sunday 9th February 2016 @ 2pm. The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
http://kinloss.org.uk/shop/tanach/ for more info. 
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6 Incredible Evenings - 1 Exclusive Location 
Monday Evenings -  Starting Monday 1st February 2016 @ 7:30pm. 
Dinner Included.
Contact batsheva@jle.org.uk for more info.
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
QThis year is a Jewish leap year, there are two months of Adar.  Can you explain why we have Jewish leap years and when in Jewish History it was instituted?
AUnlike Christianity, which uses a solar calendar and Islam, which uses a lunar calendar, Judaism uses a luni-solar calendar, which has features of both!  This means that we celebrate the beginning of each lunar month and festivals fall according the lunar cycle.  However, the Torah also requires that Pesach falls in the spring and Succos in the autumn.  This means that a mechanism is required to ensure that the lunar and solar calendars remain roughly in harmony with each other (a 12-month lunar year is approximately 11 days shorter than a solar year).  This process is called intercalation - the addition of a whole lunar month to the calendar from time to time.
In ancient times, the rabbis would work out on a yearly basis how close Pesach would fall to the vernal equinox and if necessary, add a month in the spring before Pesach.  These days, we have a fixed calendar of 19-year cycles, of which seven include an extra, thirteenth, month.
In a regular year, the last lunar month in the cycle is called Adar; in a leap year, there are two Adars, known as Adar I and Adar II.  Technically, Adar I is the added month, so Purim falls in Adar II.
So as a result of the Jewish Leap year, we can expect Pesach to be almost a month later in the season than it usually is!
  New Releases 
Meaningful Messages - Shemos
Rabbi Dovid Vatch
Valuable lessons from the weekly parshah for the whole family 

Partners In Growth
Rabbi Moshe Young
A guide to raising a well-adjusted child in the light of Torah

From Their Daughters Hearts 
Estie Florans
Daughters of 18 great leaders reminisce about their fathers
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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