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Issue 56
June 2014
Sivan 5774
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Dear Reader, 

The past month has been a busy one at PaL.  At the beginning of the month, PaL celebrated a double simcha. Follow up coordinators Leah and Abigail had a baby girl and baby boy on the same day!  We wish them both a hearty Mazal Tov.
I just returned from a fantastic trip to Israel, visiting various gap year programmes. As their year is coming to an end, students signed up to PaL to continue their Jewish learning through when they get back home.
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.     
Shavuos is only a few days away, wishing you a wonderful Yom Tov.

Kind regards


Rivka Graham
Programme Coordinator  
Round Up...

An Overview of Events in the Community


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Shavuos Dinner - Tuesday 3rd June
Join us for a late night Sushi & Sashimi a la carte dinner.  Followed by an array of lectures, workshops, textual classes and discussion groups for men & women of all levels.

Cost £15 Book Online www.jle.org.uk



Genesis Israel - The ultimate Genesis experience. Tour the land, engage in thought provoking sessions and enjoy Israel like you've never before!  

June 19th - July 6th Apply online www.aish.org.uk

Voyage of the Soul - A 3 part series in Jewish mysticism with Rabbi Rashi Simon, Wednesdays 8:30pm on 11th, 18th, 25th June.

£25 for course or £10 per lecture.

Call 020 8458 5836 for more information.

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
Q: It seems to me that Shavuos and Simchas Torah are very similar festivals. Why then do we celebrate Simchas Torah straight after Succos and not at this time of year? 

A: Shavuos marks the culmination and ultimate purpose of the Exodus - the giving of the Torah, which took place seven weeks after Pesach.  It commemorates the defining moment in Jewish history when G-d made His will known to the world, forever changing His relationship with the world.  In contrast, Simchas Torah is the culmination of the intensive festival period that fills the month of Tishrei.  It begins with the majesty of Rosh HaShanah, moves on to the introspection of Yom Kippur and then quite naturally to the rejoicing of Succos.  The rabbis geared the annual Torah-reading cycle to reflect this - arranging it to begin and end on Simchas Torah, which occurs at the end of Succos.  So while Shavuos celebrates the gift of receiving the Torah, Simchas Torah marks another completed cycle of implementing and studying the Torah.

New Releases  
Shabbos Table Impact
Dovid Kaplan
(Israel Bookshop Publications)
Alshich on Avos
Avie Gold, Nahum Spirn
20% reduction for PaL members if bought from Torah Treasures


Rav Lau on Pirkei Avos
Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
Save 10%!   
With thanks to PaL's Judaica suppliers Torah Treasures (NW11), Judaica World (Manchester), Brauns Judaica (N16) a 10% discount is offered on every book purchase made for your PaL partnership!

Torah Treasures
020 8458 8289  
Judaica World
0161 773 4956
Brauns Judaica
020 8809 9393

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