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17th December | 29 Kislev

17 Dec, 2017 | 29 Kislev, 5778

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...

Rosh Hashanah 5778 - Day 1 - The Still Small Voice

Thursday, 28 September 2017 | 8 Tishri, 5778

We had a power outage at our house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD. IPad, and my new surround sound music system were all shut down. Then I discovered that my mobile phone battery was dead and to…

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Rosh Hashanah 5778 - Day 2 - An Ear to Listen

Thursday, 28 September 2017 | 8 Tishri, 5778

The Chinese call it living in interesting times, the Jews call it living in mishiga times – nuclear threats from North Korea, floods and earthquakes, droughts and disasters, wars, terror on the streets and untold human suffering. We’re like the man sitting…

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Buds, bubs and blessings

Friday, 15 September 2017 | 24 Elul, 5777

I love the first buds and blossoms of spring and the hope, fragrance and freshness they bring. So on Tuesday morning when I noticed the jasmine bushes in bloom my heart lifted. This year though, the blossoms were more of…

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Saying yes to the sound of the Shofar

Thursday, 07 September 2017 | 16 Elul, 5777

It’s just two weeks to go until Rosh Hashanah, a time of reflection and introspection. A period that calls for restraint and thoughtfulness, compassion and concern for others. The Chafetz Chaim, when writing on the beautiful food customs (the so-called…

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The Hills Are Alive

Friday, 01 September 2017 | 10 Elul, 5777

It’s the second most viewed movie (after Gone With the Wind). Across the world the lyrics are recognised; it’s a feel-good uplifting experience. It’s The Sound of Music with the irrepressible Julie Andrews in starring role of Maria Von Trapp;…

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In search of that lost chord

Thursday, 24 August 2017 | 2 Elul, 5777

It’s time to blow your horn again! Well almost, but it is the time of the year we start to sound the shofar at our morning service. Every morning during this month of Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashana we…

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Open your eyes!

Thursday, 17 August 2017 | 25 Av, 5777

Looking around at the state of our world today it’s hard not to feel anxious at best, desperate at worst. Threats of nuclear war; incendiary hateful speech; the capital of democracy in disarray, if not dismay, at its capricious and…

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Tread Softly

Friday, 11 August 2017 | 19 Av, 5777

The great Israeli poet, Yehuda Amichai, was all too aware of the harshness and heaviness of life, and particularly life in Israel. In one of his many poems of Jerusalem he writes: “At times Jerusalem is a city of knives…

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Do manners make the mentsch

Friday, 04 August 2017 | 12 Av, 5777

It may sound nerdy, but I agree with writer Alexander McCall Smith when he says: “Manners are the basic building blocks of civil society”. Manners - respectful, restrained and thoughtful behaviour towards others doesn't have much traction today. We prefer…

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Let’s talk about Jerusalem

Friday, 28 July 2017 | 5 Av, 5777

It’s always in the news. It’s locked into our prayers. It’s mythical and it’s very real. It’s a place of heartbreak and heartache, it’s a space of joy and jubilation. It’s twice on the Jewish calendar. It’s Jerusalem,  ירושלים, city…

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I've got a little list

Friday, 21 July 2017 | 27 Tammuz, 5777

At our Wednesday shiur this week, Ian Gelbart reminded me of the cheeky Gilbert and Sullivan ‘Little list song’. The song opens: “As some days may happen That a victim must be found I’ve got a little list I’ve got…

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The spirit of our times

Friday, 14 July 2017 | 20 Tammuz, 5777

In it you can always find a relevant reflection, an incisive contemporary insight, a thought that simply reaches out and talks to your heart. It’s the weekly parasha or Torah reading and Parashat Pinchas is no exception. Eerily across the…

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