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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...

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Thursday, 06 April 2017 | 10 Nisan, 5777

There are probably as many variations on the seder and the Haggadah itself as there are Jewish families. Notwithstanding Tolstoy’s pessimistic observation that “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”, I would suggest…

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Ten thousand hours

Friday, 31 March 2017 | 4 Nisan, 5777

Ten thousand hours. That’s what it takes to achieve mastery in a vast range of fields. 10,000 hours of focused, concentrated practice. This ten thousand hour rule popularised by Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell, was in part based on a 1990’s…

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Aversion to conversion

Thursday, 23 March 2017 | 25 Adar, 5777

Why the aversion to conversion? I’m referring to the trend to make conversions more difficult and intractable that has gripped the Jewish world for the past twenty five years or so. Conversion to Judaism was never meant to be easy…

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Friday, 17 March 2017 | 19 Adar, 5777

Last week, Wednesday 8th March was International Women’s Day 2017. The hashtag of the campaign for 2017 was #BeBoldForChange; the call was “to help forge a better working world” – a more inclusive, gender equal world. It was a timely…

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Be a Jew

Friday, 10 March 2017 | 12 Adar, 5777

On Wednesday, UIA held a community afternoon tea in our Sukiert Shule Hall. The guest speakers were Professor Raphael and Dr Tsvia Walden who are both distinguished representatives of Israel. Raphael, born in France, studied medicine at Hebrew University; he…

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Go for Gold!

Friday, 03 March 2017 | 5 Adar, 5777

Seudah Shlishit, the short sit-down snack between Mincha (afternoon service) and the termination of Shabbat, isn’t the most glamourous of our week’s events at Caulfield shule but we do have some sparkling speakers at it. Last week’s speaker sparkled and…

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A Bibi-mayser; the tree of Jewish life

Friday, 24 February 2017 | 28 Shevat, 5777

The lines were long, the security extraordinary, the wait wearying but it was all worthwhile. I’m referring to the visit of PM Binyamin Netanyahu to Central Shul in Sydney on Wednesday. This first visit of an Israeli PM to Australia…

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Love 'em or hate 'em?

Thursday, 16 February 2017 | 20 Shevat, 5777

We had a spirited discussion in our Parasha shiur yesterday about the Jewish relationship to the outside world. It all began with the opening event of the parasha: the visit of Moses’s famous non-Jewish father-in-law, Jethro, high priest of Midian. …

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Singing from the same song-sheet

Friday, 10 February 2017 | 14 Shevat, 5777

It’s all in Time magazine this week – it’s got a scary looking Steve Bannon on the cover with the ominous title “The Great Manipulator – Chief White House Strategist.” Open it up and you’ve got depressing articles about the…

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In the dark spaces

Friday, 03 February 2017 | 7 Shevat, 5777

Like many children I was scared of the dark. One of my earliest memories is of running down the shadowy, seemingly endless passage of our home in Bulawayo. Darkness touches our deepest fears; its about the unknown, the primordial forest,…

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It’s good to be an Aussie

Friday, 27 January 2017 | 29 Tevet, 5777

It’s good to be an Aussie! Melbourne is a thriving city, touted as one of the world’s most liveable, it is also surely one of the most loveable! It’s a joy to live in: it’s energetic but easy going, multicultural…

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In the Jungle

Friday, 20 January 2017 | 22 Tevet, 5777

I thought I was still in a Thailand state of mind – relaxed, chilled; in synch with the sound of the waves; warmed by the mellow sun, gentled by the softness of the island beach; bedazzled by the friendliness of…

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