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Issue 20
June 2011 
Iyar - Sivan 5771

Dear Reader,


When signing up new partners and tutors to PaL something that we always emphasise is the flexibility of the programme. You can study from the comfort of your own home, curled up on the couch wearing your favourite slippers if you want to! With Shavuos on the horizon, you might want to add a piece of creamy cheesecake to the mix, and take a peek at one of the seasonal book releases we've highlighted in this issue of P@L.

Wishing all of our partners and tutors, past and present, a wonderful yom tov!

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 Shavuos lecture: Summit of Sinai. Sunday 5 June 2011 at 11.15am, with Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz. For more information email jle@jle.org.uk.   



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


Everyday Parenting for Everyday Parents - four week practical course with Rabbi Malcolm Herman, beginning June 6 2011, 8.15 - 9.45pm. Cost - £20 per person for the course. For more information email sfeather@seed.uk.net.  


Kesher LogoKesher, 933 Finchley Road, NW11 7PE 
A Crash Course in Jewish History - five week course with Rabbi Rashi Simon. Beginning Tuesday June
14 2011 at 8pm. For more information or to register for this free course, call Dvora on 020 8458 5836.  
Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag...
Q:   It seems to me that Shavuos and Simchas Torah are very similar festivals. Why then do we celebrate Simchas Torah straight after Succos and not at this time of year?  

A:   Shavuos marks the culmination and ultimate purpose of the Exodus - the giving of the Torah, which took place seven weeks after Pesach.  It commemorates the defining moment in Jewish history when G-d made His will known to the world, forever changing His relationship with the world.  In contrast, Simchas Torah is the culmination of the intensive festival period that fills the month of Tishrey.  It begins with the majesty of Rosh HaShanah, moves on to the introspection of Yom Kippur and then quite naturally to the rejoicing of Succos.  The rabbis geared the annual Torah-reading cycle to reflect this - arranging it to begin and end on Simchas Torah, which occurs at the end of Succos.  So while Shavuos celebrates the gift of the Torah, Simchas Torah marks another completed cycle of implementing and studying the Torah.

Recent Releases

Shavuos Secrets 

 Shavuos Secrets  

Rabbi Dovid Meisels    

 (Israel Book Shop)

Let my Nation Serve Me     

Let My Nation Serve Me     

Yosef Deutsch


The Commentator's Shavuos 

The Commentator's Shavuos
 Rabbi Yitzchak Sender
Save 10%!   
With thanks to PaL's Judaica supplier Torah Treasures, a 10% discount is offered on every book purchase made for your PaL partnership!

Torah Treasures
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