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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...

The Wilderness Hard-Rock Cafe'...

Thursday, 14 July 2016 | 8 Tammuz, 5776

Just as there are critical moments in our personal lives so there are definitive moments in our national existence.  How we respond to these pivotal points determines our destiny, shapes our future.  Sadly while life is unfolding we often don’t…

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Think higher and feel deeper

Thursday, 07 July 2016 | 1 Tammuz, 5776

“Think higher and feel deeper”    Writing about one of the giant figures of Greek history and legend, Ulysses (also known as Odysseus) Tennyson has him reflect:  “I am part of all that I have met.”  We are all products…

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Exit-Brexit, Leaders and vision

Thursday, 30 June 2016 | 24 Sivan, 5776

Exit-Brexit, leaders and vision .. It was a busy and for some tumultuous week in politics – the U.K voted to exit Britain, electioneering reached fever pitch in Australia and in the USA Senate Democrats staged a sit-in over gun…

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The hatred that kills, the words that heal

Thursday, 23 June 2016 | 17 Sivan, 5776

The hatred that kills, the words that heal. Last week was not a good one for women. In Australia Eddie McGuire made his distasteful joke about veteran journalist Caroline Wilson; in the UK Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally murdered.…

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Cries from the heart, whispers from a space we pray to never be in…

Thursday, 16 June 2016 | 10 Sivan, 5776

Cries from the heart, whispers from a space we pray to never be in…   “Mommy, I love you” …”He’s coming”.  “I’m gonna die”. These are among the final heart- wrenching texts sent by 30 year old Eddie Justice, to…

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Words, Light and Life

Friday, 10 June 2016 | 4 Sivan, 5776

Words, lights and life As news reached us yesterday of another serious terror attack in Tel Aviv, I was reflecting on the vitality and spirit of the Israelis. There is an irresistible energy on the streets and beaches of Tel…

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A lost Kippah in Jerusalem

Thursday, 02 June 2016 | 25 Iyyar, 5776

I lost my Kippa in East Jerusalem. Well, almost. Our motley group of Jews, Christians and Muslims were all poised for our mandatory group photo on the rooftop of Ecco Homo, the spectacular interfaith centre of the Sisters of Zion.…

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I'm in a Jerusalem state of mind

Thursday, 26 May 2016 | 18 Iyyar, 5776

I'm in a Jerusalem state of mind   Jerusalem is more than a city, it's a state of mind - sometimes agitated, at others its peace washes over you like golden waves; but it's always compelling, demanding and deepening.  …

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People Need People

Thursday, 19 May 2016 | 11 Iyyar, 5776

People need people   It was a remarkably charged weekend at Caulfield Shule last week : it began with a splendid Friday Night Fever attended by several hundred, a sumptuous kiddush in honour of Libby Farkas's Batmitzvah; it was punctuated…

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Love is what it's all about

Thursday, 12 May 2016 | 4 Iyyar, 5776

Love is what it’s all about…   What’s the most popular word in the English language? Love? Joy? Peace? War?   A quick search of the source of our collective wisdom, Google, reveals (on one site) that there are more…

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Each of us has a name

Thursday, 05 May 2016 | 27 Nisan, 5776

Each of us has a name   “Each of us has a name given to us by God and given by our parents.” So writes Israeli poet Zelda in her well-known and memorable poem. Our parents give us names drawn…

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It all began with a BBQ

Thursday, 21 April 2016 | 13 Nisan, 5776

It all began with a BBQ: the promise of freedom, the journey of a life time, the anticipation of adventure! I am referring, of course, to the starting point of the Exodus from Egypt, the Korban Pesach, that Paschal lamb…

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