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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


A New Plague of Darkness?

Thursday, 06 November 2014 | 13 Heshvan, 5775

It’s medieval in its proportion, it’s primeval in the fear it engenders, it’s contemporary in its media fascination, it’s compelling in the human face it presents. It’s Ebola.   The term Ebola comes from the name of the headstream of…

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Opening the Door

Thursday, 30 October 2014 | 6 Heshvan, 5775

The Shabbat Project united Jews across Melbourne, in Australia and around the world. The warm glow of the Shabbat spilt over into the marvellous Havdalah ceremony at Caulfield Park.  Literally, it was evident in the thousands of lighted sticks held…

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Shabbat - A Project in Time

Thursday, 23 October 2014 | 29 Tishri, 5775

We live in a super-fast world obsessed with speed, perpetually stuck in fast forward. Even instant gratification is taking too long! It’s all about high speed connections, speed walking, speed dialling, speed dating.   And nobody has time anymore in…

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Best times, worst times

Friday, 19 September 2014 | 24 Elul, 5774

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light. It was the season…

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President's AGM Report 2014

Thursday, 18 September 2014 | 23 Elul, 5774

Good evening,   It’s my pleasure and honour to deliver my president’s report for 2014.    Although this is my third report as president of our beloved congregation, I have lost count of how many dozen AGMs I have attended…

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Don't Worry, Be Happy

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 | 15 Elul, 5774

The number one pop hit in 1988 was a song of four words: Don’t worry, be happy…” I have always thought it one of the most insufferable and inane songs even if its singer Bobby McFerrin is a serious musician,…

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Crossing Borders

Thursday, 04 September 2014 | 9 Elul, 5774

The Israeli writer AB Yehoshua puts it succinctly:  “And this is one of the major questions of our lives: How we keep boundaries what permission we have to cross boundaries and how we do so.” Boundaries have always preoccupied the Jewish…

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A Month of Attack

Saturday, 16 August 2014 | 20 Av, 5774

I am aching from over a month of watching Israel under attack, citizens huddling in shelters, too many funerals of young soldiers, too much “shivas”, too many rockets aimed at the heart of the Jewish state. I am worn-out from…

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War of Words

Saturday, 09 August 2014 | 13 Av, 5774

The guns and rockets have ceased in Gaza for now but the words have not been stilled. The war of words continues; they are shooting across our screens, targeting our air-waves ,they're aimed at our conversations and ambushing our print media.…

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Three Weeks

Saturday, 02 August 2014 | 6 Av, 5774

Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav put it so well: “The whole world is a very narrow bridge; gesher tzar meod”. The Hebrew word for narrow is tzar and that is one that has resonance during this period on the Jewish calendar…

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Glad and mad

Saturday, 26 July 2014 | 28 Tammuz, 5774

I am mad and I am sad, I am elated and glad, I am outraged at the vitriolic venom of anti-Semitism pouring out from Paris to Parramatta, Johannesburg to Jakarta. I am mad, really mad at a world that has…

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Conflict in Israel

Thursday, 17 July 2014 | 19 Tammuz, 5774

The conflict in Israel today is a painful and articulate reminder that the first casualty of war is the truth. The battle being fought between Israel and Hamas is as much a media one as it is one of security…

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