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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


Yom Kippur 2016 – 5777 Kol Nidrei - Hineni

Thursday, 27 October 2016 | 25 Tishri, 5777

YOM KIPPUR 2016 – 5777 Kol Nidrei - Hineni Rabbi Ralph Genende It’s one of the simplest words in the Hebrew language; it takes three English words to express it. It’s simple, it’s sharp as a blade, succinct as a…

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Second Day Rosh Hashana 2016, 5777: Busy being there

Thursday, 20 October 2016 | 18 Tishri, 5777

Second Day Rosh Hashanah, 2016, 5777 Busy being there “My child arrived just the other day. He came to the world in the usual way, but there were planes to catch and bills to pay. He learned to walk while…

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There will be days like this

Friday, 14 October 2016 | 12 Tishri, 5777

Rabbi Ralph Genende: Sermon First Day Rosh Hashanan 2016/5777 There will be days like this  “I must remember there’ll be days like this when no one steps on my dreams. There’ll be days like this when people understand what I…

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Read a little, learn a little

Thursday, 15 September 2016 | 12 Elul, 5776

Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables, expressed it admirably: “To learn to read is to light a fire”. Literacy is the basis of civilisation, it illuminates our minds, gives passion to our lives. As Jews we belong to one of…

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Strangers are just friends I haven't met yet

Thursday, 08 September 2016 | 5 Elul, 5776

“Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet” Last night I was guest speaker for the Building Bridges School Programme. Aimed at students in years 10 and 11, it is designed to help pupils from different faiths share their experiences…

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Let's talk about Burkinis

Thursday, 01 September 2016 | 28 Av, 5776

“Let’s talk about Burkinis” Let’s talk about burkinis, the full body women’s swimsuit designed for Muslim women which has caused a storm on the shores of Southern France. Mayors and politicians across France have called for it to be banned;…

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Your ears will never get you in trouble

Thursday, 25 August 2016 | 21 Av, 5776

It’s been said your ears will never get you in trouble. While this is true since it’s usually our mouths that get us into trouble, our ears can actually cause us a lot of problems. Ears are a source of…

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The motto is faster, higher, stronger, not fastest, highest, strongest.

Thursday, 18 August 2016 | 14 Av, 5776

“The motto is faster, higher, stronger, not fastest, highest, strongest” Even if you’re not into sports and the hype around the Olympics, it’s hard to ignore. I get naches when an Aussie wins the gold, silver or bronze; I kvell…

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Life is Like Riding a Bicycle

Thursday, 11 August 2016 | 7 Av, 5776

  Life is like riding a bicycle   It’s been said that some of the world’s most precious things hang in a delicate balance just like a bird that perches on a precarious twig. Achieving balance is just as critical…

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Do I have broiges ...

Thursday, 04 August 2016 | 29 Tammuz, 5776

Even the Oxford dictionary lists it as a word. They spell it broigus, I spell it broiges but who cares I won’t be broiges if you spell it brogus.. Broigus is a Yiddish word meaning a bitter dispute, quarrel or…

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Messages to the future

Thursday, 28 July 2016 | 22 Tammuz, 5776

Messages to the future “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”. So said Nelson Mandela who knew too well about the abuse and despair of children in South…

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Things fall apart

Thursday, 21 July 2016 | 15 Tammuz, 5776

The celebrated Irish poet, William Butler Yeats put it best:     “Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold,  Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood – dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is…

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