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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


Gravity is getting me down!

Thursday, 18 February 2016 | 9 Adar I, 5776

I don’t know much about gravity except that it keeps me on the ground and is related to the word gravitas which is all about weight and heaviness, people of dignity, presence and influence. Last week the scientific world was…

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On Trump, Triumph and Terumah

Thursday, 11 February 2016 | 2 Adar I, 5776

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch On Trump, Triumph and Terumah     The jokes are plentiful, the derision universal yet he continues to demand attention, win votes, scandalise, mesmerise and stupefy. He is none other than Republican presidential candidate, Donald…

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The Falafel man

Thursday, 17 December 2015 | 5 Tevet, 5776

Last week I heard about a falafel seller in Jerusalem who every day makes just enough falafels to cover his costs and needs and then closes shop so he can go to study in Yeshiva. It reminded me about our…

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The Best Diet

Thursday, 10 December 2015 | 28 Kislev, 5776

The Best Diet    “Praise is the best diet for us, after all” said the English cleric Sydney Smith. He wasn’t wrong: we all need encouragement and recognition to grow and develop. It’s especially critical for children; it gives them…

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Have you seen my Alps?

Thursday, 03 December 2015 | 21 Kislev, 5776

Have you seen my Alps?   I imagine walking on a glacier is like walking on the moon, it’s different to anything you have ever experienced, it has an eerie, unworldly feel, an elegant but unnerving beauty. Of course a…

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The Enemy is Fear

Thursday, 26 November 2015 | 14 Kislev, 5776

Gandhi put it powerfully and succinctly: “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” These are wise words at a time that the world is awash with fear, anxiety and panic. The Paris attacks were…

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We are as strong as our ideas

Thursday, 19 November 2015 | 7 Kislev, 5776

We are as strong as our ideas   The Paris attacks last Friday night left us seared and scarred and back in familiar territory. A scorched landscape of bodies, traumatised families, outrage and helplessness. The horror of innocent young people…

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Mortality or morality

Thursday, 12 November 2015 | 30 Heshvan, 5776

A deeply moving valedictory address by a New Zealand teenager, Jake Bailey has gone viral attracting more than 80,000 views since it was posted on YouTube last week. It has featured in our newspapers, on CNN and on local radio…

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A voice of energy and vitality

Thursday, 05 November 2015 | 23 Heshvan, 5776

A voice of energy and vitality   We wouldn’t be around today if not for that marvellous woman. She is tough, outspoken, charismatic partner to her dynamic husband; she is also strikingly beautiful and very human in her failings. She…

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You've got to move it, move it...

Thursday, 29 October 2015 | 16 Heshvan, 5776

You’ve got to move it, move it…   In 2005 DreamWorks released the movie Madagascar, a delightful animated movie about a group of zoo animals that are washed ashore on the island of Madagascar. In one of the most raucous…

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The Honey and the Sting

Thursday, 22 October 2015 | 9 Heshvan, 5776

The Honey and the Sting   It’s one of Naomi Shemer’s most well-known and popular sings, it resonates still today not only because of its poignant words but also because of its soulful tune. It’s “Al Kol Eileh” or “For…

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I felt my legs were praying

Thursday, 15 October 2015 | 2 Heshvan, 5776

I felt my legs were praying   Jonathan Swift once acerbically commented that “we have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.” Looking around the world and the hateful violence of…

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