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High Holiday Sermons

08/08/17 14:35:27


Sermons (drashot) delivered by Rabbi Ralph Genende to the Caulfield Shule community on the Yamim Noraim (Days of Awe - Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur).

Yom Kippur 2017: Kol Nidrei - In search of Imperfection

02/10/17 12:40:13


A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husbands. The women were asked, “How many of you love your husband?” All the women raised their hands.

Then they were asked, “When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?”

Some women answered ‘today’, a few ‘yesterday’, and some couldn’t remember.

The women were then told to take out their phones and...Read more...

Yom Kippur 2017: Yizkor - Up and Down We Go

02/10/17 12:40:11


Three twenty-five year olds recently died in a climb of the most daunting, 14000-foot mountain in Colorado called Capital Peak. They were experienced climbers, young, fit, and knowledgeable. They reached the peak but died on the way down. A friend of mine, Rabbi Hoffman, from Denver, who has climbed this mountain told me that the mistake they made was they focused exclusively on reaching the top, getting to the pinnacle and signing the...Read more...

Rosh Hashanah 5778 - Day 1 - The Still Small Voice

28/09/17 12:40:09


We had a power outage at our house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD. IPad, and my new surround sound music system were all shut down. Then I discovered that my mobile phone battery was dead and to top it off it was raining outside, so I couldn’t play golf. I went into the kitchen to make coffee and then I remembered that this also needs power, so I sat and talked with my wife for a couple of hours. She seems like a nice...Read more...

Rosh Hashanah 5778 - Day 2 - An Ear to Listen

28/09/17 12:40:06


The Chinese call it living in interesting times, the Jews call it living in mishiga times – nuclear threats from North Korea, floods and earthquakes, droughts and disasters, wars, terror on the streets and untold human suffering.

We’re like the man sitting on the deck of the Titanic with a glass of whisky saying “I know I asked for ice, but this is ridiculous!”

I know we ask for challenge and variety,...

A Royal Preacher - Yom Kippur 2015

08/08/17 14:50:03


“The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting it too low and reaching it.” Michelangelo
Blogger, Amy Jalapeno once said: “My dearest Time, how you have shaped and transformed me. Your breath caressed the skin of my soul and brought to life countless connections ,you sculpted an elegant beauty inside me”. Yes, time tempers our soul, finesses our...Read more...

What Really Counts: Yom Kippur Yizkor Drasha 2015

08/08/17 14:42:39


Earlier this year celebrated N.Y. Time columnist David Brocks wrote a national best-seller, The Road to Character. In it he distinguished between what he calls résumé and eulogy virtues.
Résumé virtues are the ones that we write on our CVs. They are the things that are valued in our society and marketplace, our achievements, our qualifications, our skills. But it is the eulogy virtues that we will be remembered for: our...Read more...

Sat, 18 August 2018 7 Elul 5778