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Issue 80
June 2016
Sivan 5776

Dear Reader, 

We are delighted to welcome to the PaL team, our new Follow Up Coordinator, Sarah Silkin.  With 20 years of experience working in Jewish education, Sarah will be a welcome addition to our fantastic team.

This year, PaL is thrilled to be participating in the annual Maccabi GB Community Fun Run on Sunday 19th June. Would you like to run for PaL? You can run/walk either 1k, 5k or 10k and raise money for PaL while particpating in a fantastic cross communal event. Visit www.communityfunrun.org to sign up, or call us on: 08000 553 276.  

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
Enjoy a fantastic kosher BBQ in the city after work with friends and colleagues in the courtyard at Bevis Marks. 
Tuesday 21st June 6:30pm - 8:00pm 
Book online: www.sephardi.org.uk

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11 June 2016
Cost: £12 for first 80 places, £15 thereafter. Limited to 130 places
Ages: 21 - 35
20:00 - Fully loaded MEAT dinner buffet
21:00 - Guest Speaker
22:15 - Dessert and Champagne (and fully stocked) Bar
00:00 - All-night Shavuos learning
For more info contact: sarah@jle.org.uk

Visit the PaL stand - Bring your family and friends to the fantastic charity fair on Sunday 19th June @ Allianz Park from 9:30 - 2:30.  Entry is free! Find out more on www.communityfunrun.org 

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: Shavuos is traditionally associated with eating dairy foods, specifically cheese cake, is there a significance to this?

AIt's remarkable that the most well-known aspect of Shavuos is the practice to eat dairy foods.  No-one really knows the origin of this practice.  Some say that it reminds us of the period immediately after the giving of the Torah when the Jewish people needed to kasher their utensils in the light of the newly-received dietary laws; during this time, they avoided meat and instead ate dairy foods which require less preparation.  Yet this is obviously a later explanation - more probably, milk was in abundance at this time of year and it became common to celebrate the festival with seasonal delicacies.
It's worth noting that there is a mitzva to eat celebratory meals on every Yom Tov, including Shavuos - these should ideally involve meat, which, of course, precludes dairy foods! Some people eat dairy foods at the evening meals, while others serve a dairy starter prior to a meat meal.  One view is that eating both dairy and meaty foods allows one to re-enact the two loaves offered on Shavuos in the Temple - the first loaf is eaten with dairy foods, the second with meat.
  New Releases 
Under Your Wings
Rabbi Meir Lamberski
A clear, easy-to-read format making both the story of Ruth and Receiving the Torah come alive.
Letters To My Children
Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski
A lifetime of wisdom, experience, and love in this poignant, warm and personal collection of letters
Let me Join Your Nation
Rabbi Yosef Deutsch

The remarkable story of Ruth described as never before
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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