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High Holiday Sermons

High Holiday Sermons

Sermons (drashot) delivered by Rabbi Ralph Genende to the Caulfield Shule community on the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). 


What Really Counts: Yom Kippur Yizkor Drasha 2015

Thursday, 08 October 2015 | 25 Tishri, 5776

Earlier this year celebrated N.Y. Time columnist David Brocks wrote a national best-seller, The Road to Character. In it he distinguished between what he calls résumé and eulogy virtues.   Résumé virtues are the ones that we write on our…

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A Royal Preacher - Yom Kippur 2015 / 5776

Thursday, 01 October 2015 | 18 Tishri, 5776

A Royal Preacher  - Yom Kippur 2015 Rabbi Ralph Genende   “The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting it too low and reaching it.” Michelangelo  …

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Ark or Tent? Rosh Hashanah First Day

Thursday, 24 September 2015 | 11 Tishri, 5776

Rosh Hashanah Day One 2015 / 5776 Ark or tent? Rabbi Ralph Genende   And every day the world grabs you by the hand and says: “This is important” and “this is important.” “This is where you should be putting…

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Rosh Hashanah 5776 Second Day Sermon

Friday, 18 September 2015 | 5 Tishri, 5776

RH 2015 Second Day –Making a difference… Rabbi Ralph Genende   Today I want to remind you of the story of a remarkable old man – when undergoing a hip replacement at the age of 103, doctors asked him if…

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Kol Nidrei 2014 Rabbi Ralph Genende

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 | 14 Tishri, 5775

Kol Nidrei 2014 Rabbi Ralph Genende   Google the word “outsider” and you will be amazed at just how many people consider themselves outsiders, excluded, not part of the group. JK Rowling writes: “I always felt an outsider”, Marilyn Manson…

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Yizkor Speech 2014 Rabbi Ralph Genende

Wednesday, 08 October 2014 | 14 Tishri, 5775

Yizkor 2014 Rabbi Ralph Genende     Richard Cory' By Edwin Arlington Robinson   Whenever Richard Cory went down town, We people on the pavement looked at him: He was a gentleman from sole to crown, Clean favored, and imperially…

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Day 2 Rosh Hashanah 2014

Monday, 29 September 2014 | 5 Tishri, 5775

Rosh Hashanah Day 2 It’s a juggling act! Rabbi Ralph Genende   Some years ago I told you about the great analogy of life being a juggling act – we’ve got all these balls up in the air; they are…

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Day 1 Rosh Hashanah 2014

Monday, 29 September 2014 | 5 Tishri, 5775

Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Our Pale Blue Dot Rabbi Ralph Genende   Take a look at this picture, this little dot. It’s a picture taken from Voyager 1, the American space probe launched by NASA on September 5 1977 to…

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Day 2 Rosh Hashanah 2013

Monday, 14 July 2014 | 16 Tammuz, 5774

Dreaming great dreams Second Day Rosh Hashanah Drasha 2013 Rabbi Ralph Genende Earlier this year Abigail van Buren, the famous Jewish advice columnist (LA Times) died. This is one of her legendary exchanges: Dear Abby – I don't want to…

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Day 1 Rosh Hashanah 2013

Monday, 14 July 2014 | 16 Tammuz, 5774

Adam, Abraham and James Hird First Day Rosh Hashanah Drasha 2013 Rabbi Ralph Genende He is charismatic and clean skinned. There is an awesome, unreal glow that he radiates, the light just seems to pour off him. He is handsome,…

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Yom Kippur 2013

Monday, 19 May 2014 | 19 Iyyar, 5774

A Flawed Violin Yizkor Yom Kippur 2013 Rabbi Ralph Genende In a Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007 a man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately 2…

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