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High Holiday Sermons

08/08/2017 02:35:27 PM


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

Be a Redwood Jew - Kol Nidre 5780, 2019

28/10/2019 11:08:16 AM


So what’s the most pressing question today? What’s the most urgent, compelling question? I know that for me there is one and only one: what does it mean to be human in an age of bewilderment. If I phrased it more narrowly it would be: What does it mean to be Jewish in an age of such anxiety?

We are living through one of the most exciting epochs but...Read more...

Travellers in Time (Yom Kippur Yizkor drasha  5780/2019)

28/10/2019 11:07:00 AM


On the first of February 2003, the Space Craft Columbia was at the end of its two-week shuttle into outer space. At 8.59am as it entered the earth’s atmosphere, it burst into flames killing all its seven crew members. Among the seven was the first Israeli astronaut, 48-year-old Ilan Ramon, a Colonel in the Israeli Air Force.


Words, Words, Words – First Day Rosh Hashanah 5780, 2019 Rabbi Ralph Genende OAM

28/10/2019 11:04:27 AM


And every day we are assailed by words from the moment we wake till we lie down at night. We all use about 20,000 words a day and despite the myth, women don’t actually use more words then men.

I love watching my grandson, Ezzy, roll words around in his mouth discovering their beauty and power, their capacity to connect, to impress, to capture the essence of a moment, to amuse and bemuse.

And how I love words, delving into...

The Voice of the Next Generation -   Second Day Rosh Hashanah 5780 / 2019

28/10/2019 11:04:12 AM


They’re strong words from a diminutive individual: “You all come to us young people for hope? How dare you? The eyes of all future generations are upon you. If you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you…”

They’re the words of the 16-year-old...

28/10/2019 10:30:36 AM


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 Every Breath You Take – ובחרת בחיים : Yizkor Drasha 5779, 2018

27/09/2018 12:00:00 PM


One of the things that really struck me a few months ago as the world watched and agonised over the twelve Thai boys and their coach caught in the watery depths of that cave, was the preciousness of every breath we breathe. It reminded me of the daily Tefillah אלהי נשמה שנתת לי טהורה “My God, the soul You placed in me, it is pure – You created it, You formed it, You breathed it into me.”...Read more...

Have a Heart  - Drasha Second Day Rosh Hashanah 5779, 2018

20/09/2018 10:41:06 AM


It’s a hashtag – A word or phrase preceded by this hash sign # used in social media (especially Twitter and Instagram) to promote a message or idea. So you get:

Hashtag #BlackLivesMatter

Hashtag #MeToo

Hashtag #RUOK

Hashtags are part of our lives today, a phenomenon of our...Read more...

First Time - Drasha First Day Rosh Hashana 5779, 2018; Caulfield Shule

13/09/2018 01:05:37 PM


I was probably about 15 years old when I first heard the song; it spoke directly to me heart. I was riveted. I am referring to Roberta Flack’s version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. Written by Ewan McColl a British political singer in 1957, it became a major hit for Roberta Flak in 1972.

“The first time ever I saw your face

I...

Yom Kippur 2017: Kol Nidrei - In search of Imperfection

02/10/2017 12:40:13 PM


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

02/10/2017 12:40:11 PM


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

28/09/2017 12:40:09 PM


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

28/09/2017 12:40:06 PM


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

08/08/2017 02:50:03 PM


“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

08/08/2017 02:42:39 PM


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...

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