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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...

Look up!

Friday, 23 June 2017 | 29 Sivan, 5777

It’s been said that confidence doesn’t come when you have all the answers. Rather, it comes when you are ready to face all the questions. Confidence isn’t the same as close-minded-or smug self assurance. We have another word for that:…

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Toxic talk and respectful dialogue

Friday, 16 June 2017 | 22 Sivan, 5777

I’ve had a turbulent week; living the shiva of Caron and her family in South Africa; returning to the storm over our guest speaker at our inkr572 dinner tonight. The shiva for my widely respected and admired father-in-law, Zelik Bedell,…

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Wrestling with issues

Friday, 09 June 2017 | 15 Sivan, 5777

I write these words with an aching heart as my brave and fearless father-in-law, Zelik Bedell, Caron 's dad has fought his last battle and died at home in Johannesburg in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Zelik was 97, tough, principled and honed by time and the trials of…

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Of Trump and Tragedy

Friday, 26 May 2017 | 1 Sivan, 5777

What a week it’s been, dominated by the visit of Donald Trump to Israel and the awful carnage of Manchester. As I was leaving Jerusalem (having paved the way for Donald’s visit) the barricades were going up, the motorway was…

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Freedom rang from Mount Sinai

Thursday, 18 May 2017 | 22 Iyyar, 5777

It’s two hundred years since Lord Wilberforce achieved his dream of the abolition of slavery in the British empire. It’s over three thousand years since Moshe led the Hebrew people out of slavery into freedom. Yet for all this slavery,…

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Being Different; being gay in an Orthodox world

Thursday, 11 May 2017 | 15 Iyyar, 5777

I have said it before and I will say it again: To be Jewish is to be different. From our earliest beginnings we have proudly asserted our uniqueness. It’s not about superiority but about singularity. A singularity of mission, a…

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No monument stands over Babi Yar

Friday, 05 May 2017 | 9 Iyyar, 5777

I can still remember the first time I read the poem by Yevgeny Yevtushenko (read poem here). It moved my adolescent heart, it grabbed my attention, it took my thoughts down paths of terror, sorrow and admiration. I’m referring to the…

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The table is the heart

Friday, 28 April 2017 | 2 Iyyar, 5777

Sitting around the seder table at Pesach time got me thinking about just how many important events and conversations take place around the table. There are boardroom tables and cabinet tables, card tables and royal tables, but the most significant…

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Clear away those matza crumbs

Friday, 21 April 2017 | 25 Nisan, 5777

Clear away those matza crumbs! It’s over! Hopefully you had a liberating Pesach and displayed intestinal fortitude. Now it’s time to clear away the matza crumbs and dig into the challah. It’s also time to engage fully with your shule.…

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Tweet: It's Pesach, be happy!

Thursday, 06 April 2017 | 10 Nisan, 5777

There are probably as many variations on the seder and the Haggadah itself as there are Jewish families. Notwithstanding Tolstoy’s pessimistic observation that “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”, I would suggest…

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Ten thousand hours

Friday, 31 March 2017 | 4 Nisan, 5777

Ten thousand hours. That’s what it takes to achieve mastery in a vast range of fields. 10,000 hours of focused, concentrated practice. This ten thousand hour rule popularised by Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell, was in part based on a 1990’s…

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Aversion to conversion

Thursday, 23 March 2017 | 25 Adar, 5777

Why the aversion to conversion? I’m referring to the trend to make conversions more difficult and intractable that has gripped the Jewish world for the past twenty five years or so. Conversion to Judaism was never meant to be easy…

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