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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...

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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Thursday, 10 March 2016 | 30 Adar I, 5776

When did you last meet someone who proudly told you -"I'm not busy at all, I've got all the time in the world..." Far more likely they'll tell you just how rushed their lives are. We live in a super-charged…

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Aim Before Blame

Thursday, 03 March 2016 | 23 Adar I, 5776

Aim Before Blame   It’s election time in the USA and this year in Australia. And with it comes the hype and the hyperbole, the claims and counter-claims and inevitably the sniping, back-biting and rubbishing of others. Politics and elections…

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Know the way, go the way, show the way…

Thursday, 25 February 2016 | 16 Adar I, 5776

Best-selling writer on leadership, John C Maxwell notes that: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” Although it may sound glib, Maxwell isn’t glib or superficial and his insight is worth considering.…

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Gravity is getting me down!

Thursday, 18 February 2016 | 9 Adar I, 5776

I don’t know much about gravity except that it keeps me on the ground and is related to the word gravitas which is all about weight and heaviness, people of dignity, presence and influence. Last week the scientific world was…

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On Trump, Triumph and Terumah

Thursday, 11 February 2016 | 2 Adar I, 5776

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch On Trump, Triumph and Terumah     The jokes are plentiful, the derision universal yet he continues to demand attention, win votes, scandalise, mesmerise and stupefy. He is none other than Republican presidential candidate, Donald…

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The Falafel man

Thursday, 17 December 2015 | 5 Tevet, 5776

Last week I heard about a falafel seller in Jerusalem who every day makes just enough falafels to cover his costs and needs and then closes shop so he can go to study in Yeshiva. It reminded me about our…

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The Best Diet

Thursday, 10 December 2015 | 28 Kislev, 5776

The Best Diet    “Praise is the best diet for us, after all” said the English cleric Sydney Smith. He wasn’t wrong: we all need encouragement and recognition to grow and develop. It’s especially critical for children; it gives them…

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