0800 055 3276
Your monthly Phone and Learn
email catch up
Issue 43
May 2013
Iyar / Sivan 5773

Dear Reader,


Being part of the PaL - Phone and Learn team for the past five years has been both a privilege and a pleasure. It's been so inspiring to watch your partnerships form, grow and enhance your lives. It has also been tremendously exciting to witness the expansion of an organisation that has such an important role to play in the Jewish community, both across the UK and further afield.


This will be my last newsletter as PaL's Programme Coordinator as I am moving this month to a new position in another organisation. You will of course continue to receive the same fantastic service from PaL; from May 3rd I will be handing over to the new Programme Coordinator, Rivka Graham. But I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and the organisation much hatzlacha in the future. 


Warm wishes


Judy Silkoff
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...
An Overview of Events in the Community

"seed  seed, Mowbray House, Edgware, Middx, HA8 8DJ

Do Marriages have a sell by date? With Rabbi Malcolm Herman. Sunday 19th May at 8pm, £15 per person including supper. For more information email debbie@seed.uk.net.

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

Young Professional Israel Trip - May 23rd - June 2nd 2013. From £199 for ages 21 to 35. For more information email batsheva@jle.org.uk.

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 

QThe concept of decorating the synagogue with flowers on Shavuos seems very strange and rather  'Un-Jewish' to me - I'm convinced it must have pagan origins... could you clarify this custom and explain its source? 


A: Go in to many shuls on Shavuos and you'll see beautiful displays of flowers and trees.  In some communities, the Sifrei Torah are decorated with flowers and a chuppah of flowers is constructed over the bimah.  It is said that the source of this custom is a Rabbinic midrash which records that the barren Mount Sinai burst into bloom when the Torah was given upon it.  While near-universal, some authorities felt uncomfortable with this custom, due to its visual similarity to church and even Xmas practices.  In fact, in the 18th century, the Vilna Gaon discontinued the practice in his community, explaining why some shuls, especially in Israel, don't do it.



New Releases

 48 Things, 49 Days
Rabbi Max Weiman
 Let me Join your Nation
Yosef Deutsch
Rav Scheinberg
Rabbi Yechiel Spero
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
020 8458 8289  

Are you a
Parsha Partner?


Parsha Partner is an all-colour interactive weekly sedra sheet distributed by PaL in association with Partners in Torah.

Click here to view this week's Parsha Partner!  
Click here to send an email requesting to be added to the Parsha Partner distribution list!


Parsha Partner contains divrei Torah, inspirational thoughts on tefilla as well as illuminating ideas on the weekly sedra.   
Join Our Mailing List
Reading this newsletter on someone else's computer and want to sign up for your own copy?
Click on the link above and send a blank email with the word 'subscribe' in the subject line to be added to our list.

"Find    "Follow 
About Phone and Learn 
Phone and Learn (PaL) is a division of Partners in Torah*, USA www.partnersintorah.org, a unique Jewish identity-building initiative committed to fostering unity among Jews of all backgrounds. PaL matches Jews who want to know more about their heritage with a friendly, knowledgeable tutor for an hour a week of Jewish study and discussion, over the phone.
PaL is dedicated in lasting memory of Sammy Homburger z"l

*Partners in Torah is a project of Torah Umesorah.

PARTNERS IN TORAH is a trademark of Partners in Torah, a division of Torah Umesorah, the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools, and is being used under licence. 
Phone and Learn
PO Box 48547
London, NW4 9AF
This email was sent to judy@phoneandlearn.org by judy@phoneandlearn.org |  
Phone and Learn | PO Box 48547 | London | NW4 9AF | null
To view our privacy policy click here