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Issue 18
April 2011 
Adar II - Nissan 5771

Dear Reader,

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You've barely had time to catch your breath from Purim but there's no time to relax because Pesach is almost here! Make sure you take the time to prepare yourself for this most important yom tov spiritually as well as physically though. Set aside the dustpan and cleaning cloth for a little while and browse through one of the myriad Haggadahs now on the market, or book a place at one of the Passover-inspired lectures and seminars highlighted below.

Please note that the PaL office will be closed between Monday 18th April and Monday 2nd May (inclusive).

Wishing you a chag kasher vesameach


Warm wishes
Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 

Round Up...  
An Overview of Events in the Community

JLE logoJLE, 152-154 Golders Green Road, NW11 8HE 

Pre-Passover seminar for young couples. Sunday 3 April at 7.45pm. Please pre-book online at www.jle.org.uk or contact Mrs Reznick for details.

Kesher LogoKesher, 933 Finchley Road, NW11 7PE   

The Pesach Therapist with Rebbetzin Ruthie Simon. Tuesday 5 April, 11am. Entrance by donation, babies welcome. For more information contact Dvora by emailing connect@kesher.org.uk.  

seed logoseed, 58-70 Edgware Way, HA8 8DJ 

'Pesach cleaning made easy!' With Rabbi Dovid Tugendhaft. Tuesday 5 April at Bushey Synagogue, 8 - 9.15pm. For more information email rabbi.edwards@bushey-community.org.   

Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag...
Every year my family has an argument (good-natured!) at the Seder about the purpose of Elijah's cup (the Kos Shel Eliyahu). My kids say we put it on the table because Eliyahu the Prophet joins us on seder night - they say that's what they learnt in school! But my husband claims it's all to do with a halachic dispute about how many cups of wine we need on Seder night... Who's correct? Can you shed any light on the matter for us?


The Kos Shel Eliyahu (Elijah's Cup) is one of the most beloved rituals of the Seder.  It sits on the table, filled to the top, but is never drunk.  Common wisdom explains it as a symbol of the visit of the Prophet Elijah to every family on Seder night.  It's true that the second half of the Seder is understood to focus not so much on the exodus from Egypt, but on the future redemption of the Jewish people, of which Elijah is the harbinger, and indeed, we open the door to 'invite him in'.  However, it is likely that the real origin of the Cup is a unresolved halachic argument about whether we should, in fact, drink five cups of wine at the Seder - the fifth symbolising entering the Land of Israel.  As a compromise, the Cup is placed on the table but not drunk.  It is well-known that halachic disputes will one day be resolved by the Prophet Elijah - hence the name of the Cup!

Partners and Tutors are invited to email questions arising from their PaL learning to asktherabbi@phoneandlearn.org

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