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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


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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The Limits of Empathy

Thursday, 15 December 2016 | 15 Kislev, 5777

The student protesters carry placards of protest displaying the words “All lives matter” and “Thou shall not kill – Exodus 20”. They are students from the Philippines and they were reacting to the latest and possibly most outrageous of Philippine…

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Person of the Year - For better or for worse?

Thursday, 08 December 2016 | 8 Kislev, 5777

Time Magazine has named Donald Trump its’ Person of the Year for 2016. There has been a storm of protest and disbelief mainly in the twitter-sphere; there has also been a lot of approval and the conspiracy cohort have chimed…

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Wise men speak because they have something to say

Thursday, 01 December 2016 | 1 Kislev, 5777

Plato may have put it best when he said: “Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools because they have to say something.” Speaking, communication, is at the heart of being human and also the art of being…

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Please don't pass me by

Friday, 25 November 2016 | 24 Heshvan, 5777

In 1972 the celebrated Leonard Cohen wrote what he called “A Song of Disgrace”. He introduced the song at a live concert: “I was walking in New York City and I brushed up against the man in front of me.…

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So long Leonard

Thursday, 17 November 2016 | 16 Heshvan, 5777

Maya Angelou once wrote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will even forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”. I don’t think I will ever forget how Leonard Cohen,…

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So is Donald good for Jews?

Thursday, 10 November 2016 | 9 Heshvan, 5777

So it’s happened, Donald Trump is President of the USA and leader of the free world. Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog depicted the victory as evidence of a global shift, part of “an economic, social and leadership tsunami affecting many…

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Yom Kippur – Yizkor – 2016 – Hello its me

Thursday, 03 November 2016 | 2 Heshvan, 5777

Yom Kippur – Yizkor – 5777, 2016 – Hello it's me “Hello, it’s me… Hello from the other side I must have called a 1000 times to tell you I am sorry For everything I have done But when I…

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