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Issue 28
February 2012 
Shvat 5772
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Dear Reader,


There are just a few weeks to go now until PaL puts in an appearance at the Jewish Living Expo at Wembley Stadium on March 18th. We have big plans for the day, including anJewish Living Expo incredible prize raffle where you can win an iPhone 4S, Kindle 3G and 100 of Amazon vouchers! We'll also be bringing along some fun 'must have' freebies, publicly launching our first ever promo video - and of course giving people the opportunity to sign up to what is arguably the most flexible, innovative and - yes - free Jewish learning programme out there!

Tickets for the Expo are already on sale - to get a 10% discount on your entry fee, go to www.jewishlivingexpo.com and quote PAL03 at the checkout.


You can read more about 'finding PaL' at the Expo in our blog - simply click here to follow!

Have a happy Tu B'shvat!
Warm wishes
Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...  
An Overview of Events in the Community

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

'Kaballah and the Zodiac', with Rabbi Avi Hill. Wednesday 1st February 2012 - sushi supper at 7.30pm followed by talk at 8pm. Free if prebooked online, for ages 18-35. For more information email ahill@jle.org.uk.                                       
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'Jewish History in a Flash'. A 60-minute multimedia presentation with Rabbi Ronnie Halibard. Thursday 9th February 2012 at 8pm. Entrance 5. For more information contact Kesher on 020 8458 5836.   



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Men's Learning Trip to Jerusalem, based at the Jerusalem Gate Hotel. 25th - 29th February 2012. For more information or to book a place contact alazarus@seed.uk.net


Ask the Rabbi
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: Why is it that we stil celebrate the new year for trees on 15th Shvat each year, but no longer mark the new year for kings or animals? 


A: The Mishna mentions a number of 'new years' - in modern terms, year-ends for accounting purposes. Among them are the new year for kings - used for dating documents; the new year for animals - used to decide the year-end for tithing animals; the new year for trees - used to determine which year of the seven-year agricultural cycle fruits belong to for tithing purposes. None were ever celebrated and since the demise of the Jewish monarchy and the destruction of the Temple, neither the new year for kings nor that for animals have any practical significance. In more recent centuries, Jewish mystics began to identify the new year for trees with the end of the winter, rebirth after dormancy and spiritual opportunities innate in the coming spring. As such, they turned it into a holiday of sorts, in which people eat fruits, and in some circles read special texts and even have a mini-seder.    

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