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Issue 91
May 2017
Iyar 5777

Dear Reader, 

As Pesach is now over, we look ahead to the summer months.  The PaL office is now back open as usual of course - we're always thrilled to receive feedback on how your learning partnerships are going and are on hand to offer help and advice on books to study or any other PaL-related issues.

Don't forget you can also email your learning related questions to our 'Ask the Rabbi', Rabbi Harvey Belovski, on asktherabbi@phoneandlearn.org

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

Summer BBQ and Funday
Sunday 14th May 
£11 per adult, £7 per child age 3-16 yrs, £40 Family Price (2 adults 3 children)
0-2yrs free
For more information visit:

Jewish Business Ethics Case Study Seminar
Presentation by Dayan Hool, Business & Morals with; Bradley Fried, Julian Lew QC & Tony Angel
At Linklaters 1 Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ
Monday 22nd May 5:30pm Drinks, 6-8pm Main Programme, Networking 8pm

Rebbetzins on Rus
Tuesdays @ 8:30pm
Michael Sobell JCC, 221 Golders Green Road, London, NW11 9DQ
Tuesday 2nd May:
Rus & Our Capacity for Redemption, by Rebbetzin Shoshana Tugendhaft
Tuesday 9th May:
Behind a Great King Stands His Great Grandmother, by Rebbetzin Feigy Lieberman
Tuesday 16th May:
Appreciating the Journey, by Rebbetzin Esti Hamilton
Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
QWhy is Lag B'omer a popular day to get married?  
A: In Temple times, the cutting of the early barley in the Land of Israel on the second day of Pesach (the Omer) was a moment of great celebration, as it marked the start of the harvest and the commencement of a 49-day period (also known as the Omer) leading to Shavuos.  But in later times, according to the Talmud, thousands of students of the great Rebbi Akiva died during this period.  As a result, the Omer became a time of semi-mourning, in which haircuts are avoided and weddings do not take place.  But Lag B'Omer - 18th Iyar, the 33rd day of the Omer - was understood to be a day on which these tragic deaths ceased.  It is also a celebratory day associated by the mystical literature with Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the greatest of the students of Rebbi Akiva.  As such, Lag B'Omer is a day on which none of the semi-mourning practices are observed and is a popular choice for weddings. 
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