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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...

War of Words

Saturday, 09 August 2014 | 13 Av, 5774

The guns and rockets have ceased in Gaza for now but the words have not been stilled. The war of words continues; they are shooting across our screens, targeting our air-waves ,they're aimed at our conversations and ambushing our print media.…

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Three Weeks

Saturday, 02 August 2014 | 6 Av, 5774

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav put it so well: “The whole world is a very narrow bridge; gesher tzar meod”. The Hebrew word for narrow is tzar and that is one that has resonance during this period on the Jewish calendar…

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Glad and mad

Saturday, 26 July 2014 | 28 Tammuz, 5774

I am mad and I am sad, I am elated and glad, I am outraged at the vitriolic venom of anti-Semitism pouring out from Paris to Parramatta, Johannesburg to Jakarta. I am mad, really mad at a world that has…

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Conflict in Israel

Thursday, 17 July 2014 | 19 Tammuz, 5774

The conflict in Israel today is a painful and articulate reminder that the first casualty of war is the truth. The battle being fought between Israel and Hamas is as much a media one as it is one of security…

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Saturday, 28 June 2014 | 30 Sivan, 5774

Rabbi Ralph Genende Keeps In Touch As we anguished over the fate of the three abducted Israeli teenagers this week, other reminders of the callous climate of the middle East reached us: Iraq descended further into the chaos and nightmare…

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Saturday, 21 June 2014 | 23 Sivan, 5774

Rabbi Ralph Genende Keeps In Touch I don't know what's worse; hearing the news of the abduction of the three Israeli teenagers, seeing their fresh smiling faces spread across the AJN or reading of their mothers' anguished resilience. Knowing that…

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Maya Angelou

Saturday, 14 June 2014 | 16 Sivan, 5774

Rabbi Ralph Genende Keeps In Touch Controversial Black American activist and writer Maya Angelou, who died recently, articulated a profound truth in her statement about courage: "Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't…

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Saturday, 31 May 2014 | 2 Sivan, 5774

Rabbi Ralph Genende Keeps In Touch Robert Frost famously said that "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." While Frost may have been expressing a somewhat negative attitude towards home,…

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Saturday, 24 May 2014 | 24 Iyyar, 5774

Rabbi Genende Keeps in Touch I have always been drawn to the desert wilderness. I prefer a dry country, an outback to a waterfall, Judean Hills to a Tel Aviv beach. I guess I am more of a "midbar" individual.…

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Born Free

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 | 7 Iyyar, 5774

Rabbi Genende Keeps in Touch As a young boy I was enraptured by a movie I saw at our local movie house or the bioscope as it was then called in South Africa. I am referring to the 1966 British…

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Freedom and Independence for All

Saturday, 10 May 2014 | 10 Iyyar, 5774

Rabbi Genende Keeps in Touch Two hundred years ago, Lord Wilberforce achieved his dream of abolishing slavery in the British empire. More than three thousand years ago, Moses led the Hebrews out of slavery into freedom. Yet slavery remains a…

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Asylum Seekers - Extreme Islam

Thursday, 01 May 2014 | 1 Iyyar, 5774

Rabbi Genende Keeps in Touch Last Shabbat after the service and the powerful speech of our guest lecturer from Yad Vashem, David Silberklang, I was approached separately by two congregants. One suggested to me that Australia's treatment of asylum seekers…

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