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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...

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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Coming in form the cold

Thursday, 18 June 2015 | 1 Tammuz, 5775

Coming in from the cold Early winter mornings in Canberra are cold, bleak and often damp. This past Wednesday was no exception – the rain was bucketing down, the air was chilly, the streets were dull and dark. Located at…

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Being Different

Thursday, 11 June 2015 | 24 Sivan, 5775

Being Different To be Jewish is to be different. From our earliest beginnings we have proudly asserted our uniqueness. It’s not about superiority but about singularity. A singularity of mission, a people with a purpose. To be an עברי or…

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Rav Riskin - An Alert Heart

Thursday, 04 June 2015 | 17 Sivan, 5775

Rav Riskin – An Alert Heart This was a meeting that would have a critical impact on the direction I was taking in my life; it was an encounter that would change my best friend’s life. It was the first…

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Heard the one about the rabbi and the eight priests?

Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 10 Sivan, 5775

Heard the one about the rabbi and the eight priests? There is an old joke about a man visiting Israel for the first time. The oranges are all ripe and ready to eat. He climbs a tree, picks the juiciest…

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Shrine of the Book

Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3 Sivan, 5775

It’s one of the most iconic landmarks of the modern state of Israel. Its imaginative architecture takes your breath away. It’s the Shrine of the Book, a wing of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The building’s white-tiled dome is shaped…

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Parashat Behar-Bechukotai

Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 25 Iyyar, 5775

Are you permitted to dress-up items in order to make them more desirable for a sale eg. painting over rust spots on a car or damp patches in a home?  What about giving sweeteners / gifts to children in order…

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Parashat Emor

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 | 17 Iyyar, 5775

This week’s parasha opens with a call to the Kohanim (the priests) to separate themselves from contact with the dead. They were not to occupy themselves with a burial or funerals unless it was of a close family member or…

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