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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


Looking back with love

Friday, 17 November 2017 | 28 Heshvan, 5778

In 1956 a young British playwright wrote a play that is said to have changed the face of modern drama. The playwright was John Osborne and the play was a verbal barrage on a wide range of topics from the…

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We all start as strangers

Friday, 10 November 2017 | 21 Heshvan, 5778

From the beginning of time we have all been strangers. The very first encounter between human beings was one between two strangers: Adam meeting Eve. We all know what it is to be the other, an outsider. It’s part of…

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Good Yontif Pontiff

Thursday, 02 November 2017 | 13 Heshvan, 5778

Just last week the astronauts on the International Space Station reflected on the spiritual significance of their experience. Speaking to Pope Francis via video call they spoke of seeing planet earth “from the eyes of God”. Randy Bresnick one of…

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My kind of man

Thursday, 26 October 2017 | 6 Heshvan, 5778

I was asked two probing questions this week which relate to the charismatic founder of the Jewish people – Abraham. Firstly someone asked who my models and role models for leadership are. I replied that of the biblical figures, Abraham…

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From Adam to Harvey

Friday, 20 October 2017 | 30 Tishri, 5778

Gender issues feature prominently in our lives. Just this past week we witnessed the unravelling of a Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein for his serial harassment and assault of women and abuse of his privileged position. Hilary Clinton spoke on ABC…

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From Adam to Harvey

Friday, 20 October 2017 | 30 Tishri, 5778

Gender issues feature prominently in our lives. Just this past week we witnessed the unravelling of a Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein for his serial harassment and assault of women and abuse of his privileged position. Hilary Clinton spoke on ABC…

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Yom Kippur: Kol Nidrei - In search of Imperfection

Monday, 02 October 2017 | 12 Tishri, 5778

A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husbands. The women were asked, “How many of you love your husband?” All the women raised their hands. Then they were asked,…

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Yom Kippur: Yizkor - Up and Down We Go

Monday, 02 October 2017 | 12 Tishri, 5778

Three twenty-five year olds recently died in a climb of the most daunting, 14000-foot mountain in Colorado called Capital Peak. They were experienced climbers, young, fit, and knowledgeable. They reached the peak but died on the way down. A friend…

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Rosh Hashanah 5778 - Day 1 - The Still Small Voice

Thursday, 28 September 2017 | 8 Tishri, 5778

We had a power outage at our house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD. IPad, and my new surround sound music system were all shut down. Then I discovered that my mobile phone battery was dead and to…

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Rosh Hashanah 5778 - Day 2 - An Ear to Listen

Thursday, 28 September 2017 | 8 Tishri, 5778

The Chinese call it living in interesting times, the Jews call it living in mishiga times – nuclear threats from North Korea, floods and earthquakes, droughts and disasters, wars, terror on the streets and untold human suffering. We’re like the man sitting…

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Buds, bubs and blessings

Friday, 15 September 2017 | 24 Elul, 5777

I love the first buds and blossoms of spring and the hope, fragrance and freshness they bring. So on Tuesday morning when I noticed the jasmine bushes in bloom my heart lifted. This year though, the blossoms were more of…

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Saying yes to the sound of the Shofar

Thursday, 07 September 2017 | 16 Elul, 5777

It’s just two weeks to go until Rosh Hashanah, a time of reflection and introspection. A period that calls for restraint and thoughtfulness, compassion and concern for others. The Chafetz Chaim, when writing on the beautiful food customs (the so-called…

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