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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...


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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Pesach - Tangible tingling transmission

Thursday, 14 April 2016 | 6 Nisan, 5776

Pesach – Tangible tingling transmission    Yesterday I got to spend an hour with an inspiring group of Israeli teenagers visiting Melbourne as part of the Diller Teens Fellow Program. Based in Toronto, it is a premier leadership development program…

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Need, greed, kids and control

Thursday, 07 April 2016 | 28 Adar II, 5776

The world may be gripped with Panama fever and the revelations of huge financial shenanigans but our parasha (Tazria) is initially  preoccupied with the drama of birth. Both however are about the reality of human foibles and failings. The Panama…

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Restraint not rage

Thursday, 31 March 2016 | 21 Adar II, 5776

In an age of relentless terror, when each week we are greeted with news of another barbaric attack on innocents from Pakistan to Paris, Turkey to Brussels, it’s easy to give way to anger. In a time when almost every…

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Brussels, Dance me through the panic…

Thursday, 24 March 2016 | 14 Adar II, 5776

Once again a European city is the target of an Isis atrocity; nihilistic in its conception, deadly in its precision, ruthless in its execution. As Brussels bleeds, the free world cries. Some may have a sense of schadenfreude after all…

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Chag Hadedas

Thursday, 17 March 2016 | 7 Adar II, 5776

Chag Hadedas   I had forgotten the distinct cry of Johannesburg. Not the poignant “cry (of) the beloved country” the title of South African writer Alan Paton’s early masterpiece on a land torn by apartheid. Not the cry of the…

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