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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


Clarity, perspective, passion and compassion

Friday, 01 May 2015 | 12 Iyyar, 5775

Clarity, perspective, passion and compassion What a marvellous celebratory Yom Haatzmaut Breakfast we had last Sunday! The morning ran like clockwork, the speeches were excellent, the presence of the Premier added an air of dignity and most of all the…

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Remember!

Thursday, 23 April 2015 | 4 Iyyar, 5775

Cartoonist of the Melbourne Age, Leunig got it so wrong (yet again)  in his acerbic assessment of ANZAC Day Commemorations (in last Saturday’s edition). His depiction of a tombstone with the inscription “Truth is the First Casualty of War Commemoration”…

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Exodus

Thursday, 16 April 2015 | 27 Nisan, 5775

Exodus   Pesach may have come and gone but I am still in a Pesach frame of mind. I can let go of the matzot, but it’s harder to relinquish the strong sense of family, the re-energising of identity and…

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Chag Sameach from Rabbi Ralph

Thursday, 02 April 2015 | 13 Nisan, 5775

PesachThere are few days as compelling to the contemporary Jew as Pesach. It addresses our need for family, our craving for community, our thirst for meaning and relevance. It’s all about possessing a strong identity in a dangerous, complex and…

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The Coolest Month

Thursday, 26 March 2015 | 6 Nisan, 5775

The Coolest Month   It’s almost April, there is a nip in the air and the days are getting shorter. T.S.Eliot may have called April “the cruelest month”, but on the Jewish calendar it’s more likely “the coolest month.” It’s…

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Everyone has a role to play to protect children

Monday, 23 March 2015 | 3 Nisan, 5775

Everyone has a role to play to protect children   We have recently heard a lot about child sexual abuse, and our community has been shocked at what it has heard.     It is through the courage of abuse…

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The Chuppah - A great Launching Pad

Thursday, 19 March 2015 | 28 Adar, 5775

The Chuppah – a great launching pad   As Caron and I stood under the Chuppah of our older son Eyal and his bride Carly, in the exquisite Ripponlea Gardens; the sun breaking through, banishing the gloom of clouds and…

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The New Teenage Terror

Thursday, 12 March 2015 | 21 Adar, 5775

Jake Bilardi, an 18 year old from Craigieburn, Melbourne was reportedly involved in an IS suicide attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi yesterday. A photo posted online shows a young man who looks like Bilardi sitting in a white…

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The most important Jewish debate

Thursday, 05 March 2015 | 14 Adar, 5775

It’s the most important debate in Jewish history; it’s the most vital issue of Jewish life today. It has preoccupied the best Jewish minds. It’s the Latke vs Hamentaschen Debate and CHC’s second Great Debate took place on Purim night!…

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What kind of Jewish community do you want to live in?

Thursday, 26 February 2015 | 7 Adar, 5775

It was one of the most traumatic moments in Jewish history. Long after the day the ripples of distrust and despair were felt. It changed the way they perceived themselves. It altered the DNA of the Jewish psyche. It was…

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The House We Build Together

Friday, 20 February 2015 | 1 Adar, 5775

Some years ago Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote a book entitled “The Home We Build Together”, Recreating Society. While this book is an eloquent call for a new approach to national identity in a multicultural and multifaith society, its title has…

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Lessons Learnt

Thursday, 12 February 2015 | 23 Shevat, 5775

Lessons Learnt   The parshiot, the Torah readings of the past few weeks, have focused on the Revelation, the transformative Sinai experience, the giving of the Ten Commandments and an ethical code that would forever change the world. The Royal…

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