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Issue 52 
February 2014
Adar I 5774

Dear Reader,


It's been a busy few weeks at PaL; new partners and tutors are registering daily, and the number of people learning under our auspices continue to grow.


A number of our learning partnerships have recently finished the Sefer, topic or book that they are learning and will celebrate accordingly - our Newsletter will bring you the story of one such partnership who have just reached their milestone event.  If you are making a siyum or celebrating finishing a book or topic then please tell us about it!  


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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Women's Challa baking: 
Come and learn how to bake your own challas. A hands-on fun experience with Tamara Reznick
Sunday 16th February 20:00 - 22:00
£5 donation. For more info email tamara@jle.org.uk Pre-booking essential. Call Tamara 07824 345 375 to book

Join Rabbi Zev Glass at Aish Essex Monday 3rd February 8pm for discussions ranging from Jewish philosophy to self growth and more

Contact Rabbi Zev Glass on 07973536315 for more info.

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JFS & Seed present a Pre-Purim Wine and Whisky tasting evening

Wednesday 26th February

Mowbray House, 58 - 70 Edgware Way, HA8 8DJ 8.15 - 9.45pm

£20 per person or £35 for a couple (including light supper)

For more info call 0208 958 0829 or email seed@jfs.brent.sch.uk


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

QThis year is a Jewish leap year, there are two months of Adar.  Can you explain why we have Jewish leap years and when in Jewish History it was instituted?


A: Unlike Christianity, which uses a solar calendar and Islam, which uses a lunar calendar, Judaism uses a luni-solar calendar, which has features of both!  This means that we celebrate the beginning of each lunar month and festivals fall according the lunar cycle.  However, the Torah also requires that Pesach falls in the spring and Succos in the autumn.  This means that a mechanism is required to ensure that the lunar and solar calendars remain roughly in harmony with each other (a 12-month lunar year is approximately 11 days shorter than a solar year).  This process is called intercalation - the addition of a whole lunar month to the calendar from time to time.

In ancient times, the rabbis would work out on a yearly basis how close Pesach would fall to the vernal equinox and if necessary, add a month in the spring before Pesach.  These days, we have a fixed calendar of 19-year cycles, of which seven include an extra, thirteenth, month.

In a regular year, the last lunar month in the cycle is called Adar; in a leap year, there are two Adars, known as Adar I and Adar II.  Technically, Adar I is the added month, so Purim falls in Adar II.

New Releases
Intergalactic Judaism
Rabbi David Lister
Rabbi Binyomin Pruzansky  
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Rabbi Yosef Y Kushner
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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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