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Issue 24
October 2011 
Tishrei 5772

Dear Reader,


PaL Profiles This month I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the PaL partners and tutors who agreed to take part in the publication of our new booklet, PaL Profiles. For those of you who haven't had a chance to take a look at the booklet yet, it can be found online here! It's truly inspiring to read about the enormous impact that the seemingly small act of registering with PaL can have on someone's life, both partner and tutor alike!

Wishing everyone a Chag Sameach and an enjoyable month! Let's hope the weather holds out!

Warm wishes
Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 

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


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


Intro to the Talmud course. Begins Monday October 10th for four weeks, at 9pm. Men only. For more information email   rabbibrandeis@jle.org.uk. 



Kesher Logo Kesher, 933 Finchley Road, London NW117PE 


Mexican Sukkah Party! Sunday 16th October at the Simon family Sukkah, 819 Finchley Road, NW11 8AJ. Begins at 8pm. Email connect@kesher.org.uk for more information. 



seed logo seed, Mowbray House, Edgware HA8


Siddur Satnav Explanatory Shabbat service, with Rabbi Adam Edwards at Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue. Saturday October 29th at 11am. For more information email aedwards@seed.uk.net.  

Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag...
Q: My PaL tutor has inspired me to buy a set of the four species for Succos this year but I'm outraged at the ridiculous prices! Why can't I just buy a lemon or some other citrus fruit instead of an Esrog - they look and smell almost exactly the same, does it really make any difference?


A: If you've been thinking about buying the four species for Succos, you might be surprised that they cost rather more than a stick and a lemon.  Actually, if you shop around, they can be bought quite inexpensively, and they're much cheaper than they were years ago, but why can't we just buy a cheap look-alike from the greengrocer?  The Torah in VaYikra / Leviticus 23 tells us which plants to use for Succos - palm branch, esrog/citron, myrtle and willow, but doesn't say why these are selected.  The rabbis offer two famous interpretations of the four species: a) they represent the primary parts of the body celebrating in harmony: lulav = spine, esrog = heart, myrtle = eyes, willow = lips (think about the shape of each); b) they represent our obligation to embrace all members of the community from those who neither study nor observe the Torah (the tasteless, odourless willow) to those who do both (the esrog, which has a strong taste and smell).  Well worth the few extra pounds!

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