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Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende Keeps In Touch

Rabbi Genende shares his thoughts...


From CHC President Anthony Raitman

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 | 24 Tishri, 5776

I am both humbled and excited to have been elected as President of the Caulfield Hebrew Congregation.   As I embark on my first term as President I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and the new…

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Rosh Hashanah 5776 Second Day Sermon

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 | 3 Tishri, 5776

Making a difference…   Today I want to remind you of the story of a remarkable old man – when undergoing a hip replacement at the age of 103, doctors asked him if he would want to be resuscitated if…

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The more time we save, the less time we have .......

Thursday, 03 September 2015 | 19 Elul, 5775

Nobody has time anymore.  Everybody’s rushing.  I’m so busy that I get stressed out when I stop rushing.   Sounds familiar?  Our generation was born in a hurry.  We are the products of a post-modern era that makes short shrift…

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ISIS Ruins

Thursday, 27 August 2015 | 12 Elul, 5775

ISIS Ruins This week they blew up an ancient temple at Palmyra. Last week they destroyed a monastery which housed a fifth century tomb. A few days ago they executed an 81 year old antiquities scholar who had devoted his…

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Whose Torah is this?

Thursday, 06 August 2015 | 21 Av, 5775

“In the name of what Torah, in the name of what God, does someone go and murder, do people go and burn a baby and his entire family. Whose Torah is this?” These are amongst the most moving and heart-breaking…

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Of helicopter rides and racist taunts

Thursday, 30 July 2015 | 14 Av, 5775

Two issues captured the attention of Australians over the past week: Parliamentary Speaker Bronwyn Bishop’s $5227.27 helicopter ride from Melbourne to Geelong at taxpayer expense (now repaid) and the on-field booing of Sydney Swans champion football player (and Australian of…

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Reflections on Tisha B'Av

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 | 6 Av, 5775

There are days light as a summer breeze, happy as a child’s laughter and there are days black as a tombstone, saturated with sadness. Tisha B’Av is one of the latter.   Leading up to this day we simulate the…

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Mattot Masei

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 | 28 Tammuz, 5775

During the Presidential campaign of 1992, candidate Bill Clinton published a book entitled Putting People First. He had it right; he just wasn’t the first one to write the book. In this Parasha we see Moshe taught his nation that…

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When religion and politics meet

Thursday, 09 July 2015 | 22 Tammuz, 5775

Mark Twain was not very optimistic about politics and politicians. He acerbically noted: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” When it comes to religion and politics he was equally…

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Coming in form the cold

Thursday, 18 June 2015 | 1 Tammuz, 5775

Coming in from the cold Early winter mornings in Canberra are cold, bleak and often damp. This past Wednesday was no exception – the rain was bucketing down, the air was chilly, the streets were dull and dark. Located at…

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Being Different

Thursday, 11 June 2015 | 24 Sivan, 5775

Being Different 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 people with a purpose. To be an עברי or…

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Rav Riskin - An Alert Heart

Thursday, 04 June 2015 | 17 Sivan, 5775

Rav Riskin – An Alert Heart This was a meeting that would have a critical impact on the direction I was taking in my life; it was an encounter that would change my best friend’s life. It was the first…

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