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Your monthly Phone and Learn
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Issue 8
June 2010 
Sivan/Tamuz 5770
Dear Reader,

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The advent of June brings with it thoughts of summer holidays and the end of the university exam period. If you're thinking of going away in the summer, why not consider one of the many trips to Israel arranged by organisations such as Aish and the JLE? Or if the other side of the ocean seems a tad too far away, seed is organising a weekend seminar in Golders Green with something of interest for everyone. See below for more details!
Enjoy the sunshine!
Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator
Round Up...  
An Overview of Events in the Community
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Parenting seminar with guest speaker Rabbi Josh Kohl. A unique approach to parenting combining cutting edge behavioural and developmental psychological research with time tested Jewish wisdom. Sunday 6 June 2010, 10am - 2pm, £6 per person (online booking available) and creche for the under 6's. For more information contact Rabbi Stepsky (rabbistepsky@jle.org.uk) or visit www.jle.org.uk
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seed, Mowbray House, 58 - 70 Edgware Way, HA8 8DJ
Golders Green Seminar - Jerusalem, The City of Mystery. With guest speaker Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz. From £27.50 per adult (£10 per child) for the full seminar, children's programme available. Friday 11 - Saturday 12 June. For more information email info@seed.uk.net or telephone 020 8958 0820
TLC - The Learning Centre at Stanmore Synagogue
Special 17 Tamuz programme with Rabbi Shraga Feivel Halevy Zimmerman (The Gateshead Rav). Tuesday 29 June from 8pm till conclusion of the fast. £6 on the door including refreshments. For more information or to book, telephone Sara on 07857 855 358 

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Questions from the PaL Mailbag...
Q: I learnt recently that because the 10 spies spoke slander against the Land of Israel, and cried for no reason, Hashem vowed to give them a real reason to cry in the future - and indeed both temples were destroyed on this day in years to come. Why was the sin of the spies considered to be of such monumental proportions that not only was their generation punished, but generations of Jewish people throughout history until today?
A: The moment when the Jewish people rejected the Land of Israel was a transformative one.  Until that point, they would have entered the Land and lived a normal, physical existence while basking in its spiritual intensity.  Instead, they chose to believe that entering the Land would be detrimental to their future; thus choosing their preparatory desert existence over the goal of living in Israel.  This indicated their lack of understanding of God's objectives for them; clearly they required a much longer preparatory period (the whole of history until Messianic times) before that goal could be achieved.  This is not so much a punishment, but rather the reality they created by rejecting the Land.  Days like Tisha B'Av, the anniversary of the story of the spies, serve to focus us on the realities and consequences of choosing exile over the Land of God.

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