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Issue 64
February 2015
Shevat / Adar 5775
 
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Dear Reader, 


The past month has been a busy month at PaL.  We attended TrainE TraidE's annual Women In The Workplace conference.  As always, the sessions were fascinating, and PaL had a bustling stall at the Expo there.

 

PaL hosted a Lunch & Learn session at Kings University JSoc, it was a great opportunity to meet many of the Jewish students.  We look forward to welcoming them as new PaL partners.   

 

Last week we hosted our first Tutor Training Forum.  PaL tutors had the opportunity to learn from Rebbetzin Joanne Dove's many years of experience in Jewish education.  It was a fantastic evening and hopefully the first of many more in the future!


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.      

 

 

Warm regards

 
Rivka Graham
Programme Coordinator 
Round Up...

An Overview of Events in the Community

  

 

 

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The Ups and Downs of Ispiration 

Join Seed for a new seminar focussing on the challenge of living with inspiration in a busy, hectic world.

Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd February

For more information contact Essie on:

essie@seed.uk.net or 07866 819 786

 
 
Tikun

Tikun Unplugged: The Solomon Brothers

Join us for the first Unplugged event of 2015: a Carlebach inspired evening of song - with an opening act!

7th February at Tikun Centre Tickets £8 

See more at: www.tikun.co.uk 
 
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Men's Tu B'Shevat Seder

Mystical Tu B'Shevat Seder led by Rabbi Reuven Stepsky. Red and white wine, served with tropical fruits.  

Tuesday 3rd February 20:00 

To book please call Rabbi Stepsky - 020 8458 4588

Ask the Rabbi 
with Rabbi Harvey Belovski 
Questions from the PaL Mailbag... 
 
Q: Where does the custom of eating 15 different fruits on Tu B'Shevat come from? Is there a deeper meaning behind it or does 15 simply represent the date of the month it falls on?
   

A: The 15th of Shevat is mentioned in the Mishnah as a tax date for farmers, as it marked the beginning of the new tithing year for most type of fruit.  Today this date is significant, as it is needed to ensure that Israeli fruits are tithed in the correct year of the seven-year Shemittah cycle.  Rashi explains that this date was chosen because (at least in Israel), the majority of the winter has passed and the sap is starting to rise in the trees.  

A later custom is to celebrate the first herald of spring by eating fruits on 15th Shevat, especially those for which the Land of Israel is renowned - dates, olives, pomegranates, figs and grapes.  Although in this context the number 15 has no significance beyond being the date of the month, it is a common practice to serve 15 fruits.  Some imbue this number with meaning, as there were 15 steps between the two major sections of the Temple and there are 15 Songs of Ascent in Tehillim.  Whatever one does on the day, it should be an opportunity to thank G-d for the bounty and diversity available at your local greengrocer!

 
 
 
  New Releases  
 
Inside Their Homes
Rabbi Nachman Seltzer
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How Free Will Works
Dr Dovid Lieberman
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Meaningful Messages
Rabbi Dovid Vatch
(Menucha Publishers)
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With thanks to PaL's Judaica suppliers Torah Treasures (NW11), Judaica World (Manchester) and Brauns Judaica (N16) a 10% discount is offered on every book purchase made for your PaL partnership!

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