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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...

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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Clarity, perspective, passion and compassion

Friday, 01 May 2015 | 12 Iyyar, 5775

Clarity, perspective, passion and compassion What a marvellous celebratory Yom Haatzmaut Breakfast we had last Sunday! The morning ran like clockwork, the speeches were excellent, the presence of the Premier added an air of dignity and most of all the…

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Thursday, 23 April 2015 | 4 Iyyar, 5775

Cartoonist of the Melbourne Age, Leunig got it so wrong (yet again)  in his acerbic assessment of ANZAC Day Commemorations (in last Saturday’s edition). His depiction of a tombstone with the inscription “Truth is the First Casualty of War Commemoration”…

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Thursday, 16 April 2015 | 27 Nisan, 5775

Exodus   Pesach may have come and gone but I am still in a Pesach frame of mind. I can let go of the matzot, but it’s harder to relinquish the strong sense of family, the re-energising of identity and…

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Chag Sameach from Rabbi Ralph

Thursday, 02 April 2015 | 13 Nisan, 5775

PesachThere are few days as compelling to the contemporary Jew as Pesach. It addresses our need for family, our craving for community, our thirst for meaning and relevance. It’s all about possessing a strong identity in a dangerous, complex and…

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The Coolest Month

Thursday, 26 March 2015 | 6 Nisan, 5775

The Coolest Month   It’s almost April, there is a nip in the air and the days are getting shorter. T.S.Eliot may have called April “the cruelest month”, but on the Jewish calendar it’s more likely “the coolest month.” It’s…

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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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