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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


The Hills Are Alive

Friday, 01 September 2017 | 10 Elul, 5777

It’s the second most viewed movie (after Gone With the Wind). Across the world the lyrics are recognised; it’s a feel-good uplifting experience. It’s The Sound of Music with the irrepressible Julie Andrews in starring role of Maria Von Trapp;…

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In search of that lost chord

Thursday, 24 August 2017 | 2 Elul, 5777

It’s time to blow your horn again! Well almost, but it is the time of the year we start to sound the shofar at our morning service. Every morning during this month of Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashana we…

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Open your eyes!

Thursday, 17 August 2017 | 25 Av, 5777

Looking around at the state of our world today it’s hard not to feel anxious at best, desperate at worst. Threats of nuclear war; incendiary hateful speech; the capital of democracy in disarray, if not dismay, at its capricious and…

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Tread Softly

Friday, 11 August 2017 | 19 Av, 5777

The great Israeli poet, Yehuda Amichai, was all too aware of the harshness and heaviness of life, and particularly life in Israel. In one of his many poems of Jerusalem he writes: “At times Jerusalem is a city of knives…

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Do manners make the mentsch

Friday, 04 August 2017 | 12 Av, 5777

It may sound nerdy, but I agree with writer Alexander McCall Smith when he says: “Manners are the basic building blocks of civil society”. Manners - respectful, restrained and thoughtful behaviour towards others doesn't have much traction today. We prefer…

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Let’s talk about Jerusalem

Friday, 28 July 2017 | 5 Av, 5777

It’s always in the news. It’s locked into our prayers. It’s mythical and it’s very real. It’s a place of heartbreak and heartache, it’s a space of joy and jubilation. It’s twice on the Jewish calendar. It’s Jerusalem,  ירושלים, city…

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I've got a little list

Friday, 21 July 2017 | 27 Tammuz, 5777

At our Wednesday shiur this week, Ian Gelbart reminded me of the cheeky Gilbert and Sullivan ‘Little list song’. The song opens: “As some days may happen That a victim must be found I’ve got a little list I’ve got…

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The spirit of our times

Friday, 14 July 2017 | 20 Tammuz, 5777

In it you can always find a relevant reflection, an incisive contemporary insight, a thought that simply reaches out and talks to your heart. It’s the weekly parasha or Torah reading and Parashat Pinchas is no exception. Eerily across the…

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Article: The Israeli Chief Rabbinate's blacklist: a guide for the perplexed.

Friday, 14 July 2017 | 20 Tammuz, 5777

Judy Maltz | July 10, 2017   So your local rabbi is on the Rabbinate’s blacklist – what does that mean for you if you're hoping to move to Israel or get married here? Israel's Chief Rabbinate, it emerged this…

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Article - Adam Segal

Friday, 14 July 2017 | 20 Tammuz, 5777

Written by Adam Segal   So, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, from its ivory tower, sees fit to determine which Rabbis are ‘acceptable’ and which are not. It would be hilarious if it were not so sad. As the Jewish…

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Too much heat, too little warmth

Friday, 07 July 2017 | 13 Tammuz, 5777

We haven’t even started the traditional “Three Dark Weeks”, a time we reflect on the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temples and the internal disunity and conflict (the “causeless hatred”) that brought on the devastation. We haven’t even started and…

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The clever and the good

Friday, 30 June 2017 | 6 Tammuz, 5777

We’re a pretty smart people. We gave the world the Bible and a good number of literary masterpieces. We’re, on the whole, well-learned, well-educated and creative. We’ve earned more Nobel prizes than any other comparable group. Yet for all this,…

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