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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...


You've got to move it, move it...

Thursday, 29 October 2015 | 16 Heshvan, 5776

You’ve got to move it, move it…   In 2005 DreamWorks released the movie Madagascar, a delightful animated movie about a group of zoo animals that are washed ashore on the island of Madagascar. In one of the most raucous…

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The Honey and the Sting

Thursday, 22 October 2015 | 9 Heshvan, 5776

The Honey and the Sting   It’s one of Naomi Shemer’s most well-known and popular sings, it resonates still today not only because of its poignant words but also because of its soulful tune. It’s “Al Kol Eileh” or “For…

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I felt my legs were praying

Thursday, 15 October 2015 | 2 Heshvan, 5776

I felt my legs were praying   Jonathan Swift once acerbically commented that “we have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” Looking around the world and the hateful violence of…

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From CHC President Anthony Raitman

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 | 24 Tishri, 5776

I am both humbled and excited to have been elected as President of the Caulfield Hebrew Congregation.   As I embark on my first term as President I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the new…

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Rosh Hashanah 5776 Second Day Sermon

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 | 3 Tishri, 5776

Making a difference…   Today I want to remind you of the story of a remarkable old man – when undergoing a hip replacement at the age of 103, doctors asked him if he would want to be resuscitated if…

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The more time we save, the less time we have .......

Thursday, 03 September 2015 | 19 Elul, 5775

Nobody has time anymore.  Everybody’s rushing.  I’m so busy that I get stressed out when I stop rushing.   Sounds familiar?  Our generation was born in a hurry.  We are the products of a post-modern era that makes short shrift…

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ISIS Ruins

Thursday, 27 August 2015 | 12 Elul, 5775

ISIS Ruins This week they blew up an ancient temple at Palmyra. Last week they destroyed a monastery which housed a fifth century tomb. A few days ago they executed an 81 year old antiquities scholar who had devoted his…

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Whose Torah is this?

Thursday, 06 August 2015 | 21 Av, 5775

“In the name of what Torah, in the name of what God, does someone go and murder, do people go and burn a baby and his entire family. Whose Torah is this?” These are amongst the most moving and heart-breaking…

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Of helicopter rides and racist taunts

Thursday, 30 July 2015 | 14 Av, 5775

Two issues captured the attention of Australians over the past week: Parliamentary Speaker Bronwyn Bishop’s $5227.27 helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong at taxpayer expense (now repaid) and the on-field booing of Sydney Swans champion football player (and Australian of…

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Reflections on Tisha B'Av

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 | 6 Av, 5775

There are days light as a summer breeze, happy as a child’s laughter and there are days black as a tombstone, saturated with sadness. Tisha B’Av is one of the latter.   Leading up to this day we simulate the…

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Mattot Masei

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 | 28 Tammuz, 5775

During the Presidential campaign of 1992, candidate Bill Clinton published a book entitled Putting People First. He had it right; he just wasn’t the first one to write the book. In this Parasha we see Moshe taught his nation that…

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When religion and politics meet

Thursday, 09 July 2015 | 22 Tammuz, 5775

Mark Twain was not very optimistic about politics and politicians. He acerbically noted: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” When it comes to religion and politics he was equally…

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