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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


Friday, 17 March 2017 | 19 Adar, 5777

Last week, Wednesday 8th March was International Women’s Day 2017. The hashtag of the campaign for 2017 was #BeBoldForChange; the call was “to help forge a better working world” – a more inclusive, gender equal world. It was a timely…

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Be a Jew

Friday, 10 March 2017 | 12 Adar, 5777

On Wednesday, UIA held a community afternoon tea in our Sukiert Shule Hall. The guest speakers were Professor Raphael and Dr Tsvia Walden who are both distinguished representatives of Israel. Raphael, born in France, studied medicine at Hebrew University; he…

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Go for Gold!

Friday, 03 March 2017 | 5 Adar, 5777

Seudah Shlishit, the short sit-down snack between Mincha (afternoon service) and the termination of Shabbat, isn’t the most glamourous of our week’s events at Caulfield shule but we do have some sparkling speakers at it. Last week’s speaker sparkled and…

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A Bibi-mayser; the tree of Jewish life

Friday, 24 February 2017 | 28 Shevat, 5777

The lines were long, the security extraordinary, the wait wearying but it was all worthwhile. I’m referring to the visit of PM Binyamin Netanyahu to Central Shul in Sydney on Wednesday. This first visit of an Israeli PM to Australia…

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Love 'em or hate 'em?

Thursday, 16 February 2017 | 20 Shevat, 5777

We had a spirited discussion in our Parasha shiur yesterday about the Jewish relationship to the outside world. It all began with the opening event of the parasha: the visit of Moses’s famous non-Jewish father-in-law, Jethro, high priest of Midian. …

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Singing from the same song-sheet

Friday, 10 February 2017 | 14 Shevat, 5777

It’s all in Time magazine this week – it’s got a scary looking Steve Bannon on the cover with the ominous title “The Great Manipulator – Chief White House Strategist.” Open it up and you’ve got depressing articles about the…

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In the dark spaces

Friday, 03 February 2017 | 7 Shevat, 5777

Like many children I was scared of the dark. One of my earliest memories is of running down the shadowy, seemingly endless passage of our home in Bulawayo. Darkness touches our deepest fears; its about the unknown, the primordial forest,…

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It’s good to be an Aussie

Friday, 27 January 2017 | 29 Tevet, 5777

It’s good to be an Aussie! Melbourne is a thriving city, touted as one of the world’s most liveable, it is also surely one of the most loveable! It’s a joy to live in: it’s energetic but easy going, multicultural…

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In the Jungle

Friday, 20 January 2017 | 22 Tevet, 5777

I thought I was still in a Thailand state of mind – relaxed, chilled; in synch with the sound of the waves; warmed by the mellow sun, gentled by the softness of the island beach; bedazzled by the friendliness of…

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The Limits of Empathy

Thursday, 15 December 2016 | 15 Kislev, 5777

The student protesters carry placards of protest displaying the words “All lives matter” and “Thou shall not kill – Exodus 20”. They are students from the Philippines and they were reacting to the latest and possibly most outrageous of Philippine…

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Person of the Year - For better or for worse?

Thursday, 08 December 2016 | 8 Kislev, 5777

Time Magazine has named Donald Trump its’ Person of the Year for 2016. There has been a storm of protest and disbelief mainly in the twitter-sphere; there has also been a lot of approval and the conspiracy cohort have chimed…

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Wise men speak because they have something to say

Thursday, 01 December 2016 | 1 Kislev, 5777

Plato may have put it best when he said: “Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools because they have to say something.” Speaking, communication, is at the heart of being human and also the art of being…

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