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14th December | 26 Kislev

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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...

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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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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