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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


Everyone has a role to play to protect children

Monday, 23 March 2015 | 3 Nisan, 5775

Everyone has a role to play to protect children   We have recently heard a lot about child sexual abuse, and our community has been shocked at what it has heard.     It is through the courage of abuse…

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The Chuppah - A great Launching Pad

Thursday, 19 March 2015 | 28 Adar, 5775

The Chuppah – a great launching pad   As Caron and I stood under the Chuppah of our older son Eyal and his bride Carly, in the exquisite Ripponlea Gardens; the sun breaking through, banishing the gloom of clouds and…

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The New Teenage Terror

Thursday, 12 March 2015 | 21 Adar, 5775

Jake Bilardi, an 18 year old from Craigieburn, Melbourne was reportedly involved in an IS suicide attack in the Iraqi city of Ramadi yesterday. A photo posted online shows a young man who looks like Bilardi sitting in a white…

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The most important Jewish debate

Thursday, 05 March 2015 | 14 Adar, 5775

It’s the most important debate in Jewish history; it’s the most vital issue of Jewish life today. It has preoccupied the best Jewish minds. It’s the Latke vs Hamentaschen Debate and CHC’s second Great Debate took place on Purim night!…

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What kind of Jewish community do you want to live in?

Thursday, 26 February 2015 | 7 Adar, 5775

It was one of the most traumatic moments in Jewish history. Long after the day the ripples of distrust and despair were felt. It changed the way they perceived themselves. It altered the DNA of the Jewish psyche. It was…

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The House We Build Together

Friday, 20 February 2015 | 1 Adar, 5775

Some years ago Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote a book entitled “The Home We Build Together”, Recreating Society. While this book is an eloquent call for a new approach to national identity in a multicultural and multifaith society, its title has…

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Lessons Learnt

Thursday, 12 February 2015 | 23 Shevat, 5775

Lessons Learnt   The parshiot, the Torah readings of the past few weeks, have focused on the Revelation, the transformative Sinai experience, the giving of the Ten Commandments and an ethical code that would forever change the world. The Royal…

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Hate is not for Humans

Friday, 06 February 2015 | 17 Shevat, 5775

Is there something toxic in the air of 2015? Barely into the second month of the year and every week and sometimes every day brings another cargo of despair, another load of grim news and desperation. This week it was…

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The Road to Mandalay

Thursday, 29 January 2015 | 9 Shevat, 5775

The Road to Mandalay   It is an exotic and compelling country, as far removed from Caulfield as a remote planet. It’s Burma also known as Myanmar which I visited with my family over the summer. Burma lies on the…

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What Lies Ahead

Thursday, 22 January 2015 | 2 Shevat, 5775

As we start another year, 2015, holding the calendar in our hands or on our screens, we may well wonder what lies ahead. For some it will be a time of joyful anticipation of a new venture or simcha (I…

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The Sounds and Textures of Silence

Thursday, 11 December 2014 | 19 Kislev, 5775

We live in noisy times, the unending chatter of talk-back radio and talk shows, the ceaseless clips of You-Tube, the intrusive reminders on our PC’s and I-Pads, the incessant call tones on our mobiles. James Thurber, in reference to Thoreau’s…

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I Hate and I Love

Thursday, 04 December 2014 | 12 Kislev, 5775

The ancient Roman poet, Catullus (around 65 BCE) expressed it well: “I hate and I love. Perhaps you ask why I do this. I do not know, but I feel it and I am torn apart.” In this poem, he…

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