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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


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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Hate is not for Humans

Friday, 06 February 2015 | 17 Shevat, 5775

Is there something toxic in the air of 2015? Barely into the second month of the year and every week and sometimes every day brings another cargo of despair, another load of grim news and desperation. This week it was…

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The Road to Mandalay

Thursday, 29 January 2015 | 9 Shevat, 5775

The Road to Mandalay   It is an exotic and compelling country, as far removed from Caulfield as a remote planet. It’s Burma also known as Myanmar which I visited with my family over the summer. Burma lies on the…

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What Lies Ahead

Thursday, 22 January 2015 | 2 Shevat, 5775

As we start another year, 2015, holding the calendar in our hands or on our screens, we may well wonder what lies ahead. For some it will be a time of joyful anticipation of a new venture or simcha (I…

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The Sounds and Textures of Silence

Thursday, 11 December 2014 | 19 Kislev, 5775

We live in noisy times, the unending chatter of talk-back radio and talk shows, the ceaseless clips of You-Tube, the intrusive reminders on our PC’s and I-Pads, the incessant call tones on our mobiles. James Thurber, in reference to Thoreau’s…

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I Hate and I Love

Thursday, 04 December 2014 | 12 Kislev, 5775

The ancient Roman poet, Catullus (around 65 BCE) expressed it well: “I hate and I love. Perhaps you ask why I do this. I do not know, but I feel it and I am torn apart.” In this poem, he…

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Parashat Vayetze

Friday, 28 November 2014 | 6 Kislev, 5775

What a life! He is pursued by angels, entrapped by villains, singled out by G-d, challenged by his family. He is, of course, Jacob and the crowded cast of his life all come centre –stage in this week’s riveting parasha…

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The Rosetta and the Rabbis

Thursday, 20 November 2014 | 27 Heshvan, 5775

The Rosetta and the Rabbis   It travelled for ten years crossing billions of kilometres and landed on a comet speeding at 54,717kmh and did so within two minutes of its planned landing. I am referring to the Rosetta spacecraft…

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The Good News and the Bad News

Thursday, 13 November 2014 | 20 Heshvan, 5775

The Good News and the Bad News   Doctor: I have some good news and I have some bad news Patient: What’s the good news? Doctor: The good news is that the tests you took showed that you have 24…

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A New Plague of Darkness?

Thursday, 06 November 2014 | 13 Heshvan, 5775

It’s medieval in its proportion, it’s primeval in the fear it engenders, it’s contemporary in its media fascination, it’s compelling in the human face it presents. It’s Ebola.   The term Ebola comes from the name of the headstream of…

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