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Issue 51 
January 2014
Shevat 5774
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Dear Reader,


We hope you have had a relaxing winter holidays and are now gearing up to going back to work, university or school.  If you are resuming your learning sessions after the holidays, hopefully your PaL learning sessions will warm you up during the remaining winter months.  Should you want ideas for a new topic to learn please contact us on 08000 553 276 for ideas.


You can find out about events of interest in our Round Up below.  Or you could simply decide to pick up a new Jewish book to study - take a look at the new releases we've highlighted. 


Kind regards


Rivka Graham
Programme Coordinator
Round Up...

An Overview of Events in the Community



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Spider's Web in a Hurricane
Wednesday 8th January 9:30pm
Photographer, film-maker, quadcopter pilot and musician, Rabbi Kelaty gives exciting life lessons presented in his unique and entertaining style.  For more info call 020 8458 4588


Kesher Movie Night: Fill the Void  

15 January 8:00pm at Kesher, 933 Finchley Road NW11 7PE. Donation £8

For more info call 020 8458 5836 


Finding Your Way Through The Teenage Maze (Parents)
Wednesday 22nd January 8pm - 10pm
£5 by donation 
Evening Seminar For Parents with Chana Rosenblatt and Rabbi Yosef Solomon
For more info call 0208 912 1212


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

QDuring the month of Shevat we celebrate Tu B'shevat, as the new year for trees, I have heard there are 4 new years mentioned in the Mishna, why do we only celebrate Tu B'shevat and Rosh Hashana and not the other two new years, 1st Nissan and 1st Ellul?


A: The sages mention four 'new years' (Mishna Rosh Hashana 1:1) - 1st Nissan for counting the festival cycle (which begins with Pesach and ends with Shemini Atzeres) and for dating the reign of kings; 1st Ellul for tithing animals; 1st Tishrei for the year-change (from one to the next) and the shemitta cycle; 15th Shevat for trees.  Of these, only 1st Tishrei is mentioned in the Torah as a festive day - we know it as Rosh Hashana.  The other are for legal and taxation purposes - a little like April 5th in the British tax system, they determine the year beginning for tithes, a sort of agricultural taxation.  They have no religious significance in themselves, unlike our familiar Rosh Hashana.  In a later period, mystical thinkers imbued 15th Shevat with more significance, as the moment of rebirth and excitement about the spring.  People began to eat certain fruits and even devise rituals for the occasion.  Still later, the pre-state pioneers rebuilding the land adopted the day to promote awareness of the importance of trees in the land of Israel.

New Releases
Maran Hacham Ovadia Yosef
Yehuda Azoulay and Rabbi Haim Shimon Ravia
(Israel Bookshop) 
 Rabbi Moshe Meiselman  
(Israel Bookshop)
The Art of Marriage
Ruki Renov
(Mekor Press) 
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  

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