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Understanding the Ultra Orthodox: a dialogue between Rabbi Perry Segal and Rabbi Gad Krebs04 March 2019

 

Rabbi Perry Segal of Ohr Sameach, Jerusalem and Rabbi Gad Krebs of Kehillat Masada, sat down in front of an audience to discuss the place, importance and problems with and among the Ultra Orthodox or Chareidi community in Israel - a topic not only pertinent to the members of Kehillat Masada who went to listen, but to Rabbi Segal as well. It would be- because he is a member of the Chareidi community. First introducing himself as an ex-South African who found himself drawn to religion and Israel during his university days, Rabbi Segal's self- deprecating humour made the audience feel at ease with a person who is generally quite different from most in the North Shore community. However, that does not mean the conversation was only lighthearted or without a challenges as Rabbi Krebs once again showed his unwavering commitment not only to understanding the perspective of others, but to exposing and expressing the often uncomfortable truths that come with such conversations as well,  in this case being the Chariedi community's limited educational opportunities for their children and resulting poverty as well as their refusal to join the Israeli Defense Force.
Once again, the evening proved to be thought provoking, interesting and enlightening as we all realised that not everything is exactly how it looks, even if you've seen it on Netflix. 
 
 
 

 

Rosh Chodesh Ladies Evening:Robyn Weinberg- I won't stop until the world can see27 Feb 2019

 

 

About 45 women arrived at the home of Hilary and Larry Coleman eager to hear about Robyn Weinberg's expeditions to third world countries on a mission to eradicate the global vision crises; what we experienced was a heart-warming story of one person's life goal to help those in need- wherever that need may be.

From the Gambia to the Democratic Republic of Congo and more recently, the Himalayas, Robyn an the team of experts from One Vision dedicate their time and expertise to helping underprivileged communities experience correct vision, many for the first time, while simultaneously upskilling key members in order to make these missions sustainable, all while facing treacherous environments as well as the confronting realities that too often accompany poverty and unemployment.

Another insightful and moving evening that left everyone feeling restored with hope for mankind.

 

 

 

AJN 27/7

 

Islam from the Inside:

An in-depth public discussion with Rabbi Gad Krebs of Kehillat Masada

and Islamic Scholar Mahsheed Ansari

29 June 2018

“As an Islamic spirituality teacher, Jihad is intricate part of my faith that has been hijacked,” said Mahsheed Ansari, an Afghanistan-born university lecturer who was raised in Sydney, and who gave an insightful and in-depth understanding to the engaged crowd about the origins of Jihad and what it means to her. But Jihad was just one of the complex and confronting concepts that Ansari dealt with at the most recent debate conducted by Rabbi Gad Krebs from Kehillat Masada. 

Over the last six months, Rabbi Krebs has invited a guest from outside of our “general” community framework; someone who’s beliefs, values or religion may bother or even offend us, but with whom the rabbi feels we have to acknowledge and understand as part of a wider community. Although Krebs has previously invited an Imam to address the community, many left feeling that questions about issues like Fatwa, terrorism, Sharia law and what it’s like for non-Muslims living in a Muslim state, were left unanswered. And so these questions were posed to Ansari, who dealt with them in an intellectual and yet understanding and embracing demeanor. 

“After an overwhelmingly successful Adult Education Program conducted over for the first half of 2018, we are excited to be continuing our series "THEM" - confronting challenging ideas as well as people. We are further introducing a range of online, live streaming and Whatsapp

micro-shiurim covering a variety of topics,” says Rabbi Krebs. “I look forward to seeing you both in person, as well as online as we "venture into the grey" together.”

 

Healthy Mind, Body and Soul: Ladies Rosh Chodesh Evening at Kehillat Masada

23 May 2018

 

This month’s ladies Rosh Chodesh evening at Kehillat Masada was all about replenishment. With welcome smoothies at the door and gifts of Pilates mats and healthy snack packs, the ladies of our community were treated to a night where they could relax, learn and rejuvenate minds, bodies and souls.

Rebbetzin Rachel Cohen started the evening with some insightful words on the Jewish perspective to nurturing both body and soul, explaining that our bodies are a reflection of the Divine and that taking care of our physical selves is therefore an integral part of our spiritual growth as a well as an expression of “Hakarat HaTov”- gratitude for all we have been given.

Guest speaker Yvette Collins then took us on her journey of transformation, explaining how she lost 60 kilos in 18 months. It turns out that Yvette has no mind-blowing secret to shedding the pounds. Instead, she did it through hard work, exercise and changing the way she thought of herself and her body. Besides taking us through her journey to becoming healthy and fit, Yvette also explained the difference between emotional and physical eating and presented simple ways to stay motivated along the journey.

Finally, it was time to put our words into action as qualified Pilates instructor Robyn Goldin recharged tired muscles with an energizing Pilates class.

While our raffle winners walked away with prizes, every lady left the room feeling inspired to replenish mind, body and soul - just in time for Shabbat!

Messiahs, men and mortals

Perspectives, ideologies and even whole communities are challenged in another session of “THEM”: a series of public discussions at Kehillat Masada.

19 April 2018

“The Rabbi's openness to the debate was appreciated. The topic could have been “us versus them”; but instead it showed me that we are more similar than different.” This sentiment by community member Jason Winderbaum was probably echoed by the approximately 80 people that came to listen to the third debate in a series of similar forums initiated by Rabbi Gad Krebs of Kehillat Masada, on the North Shore. Like the two sessions that came before, Rabbi Krebs sat down with someone outside of the “general framework” of our community- this time it was Rabbi Eli Cohen, the spiritual leader of the Newtown synagogue, director of the Sydney branch of Jews for Judaism and an active member of the Chabad movement. Armed with pre- prepared questions that Rabbi Cohen had been privy to, Rabbi Krebs once again made sure there were no “sacred cows” so to speak, as no critical, direct or thought-provoking question was left out of the discussion that was nevertheless respectful, engaging and even playful at times, with both rabbis acknowledging the folly and humour that often go hand in hand with religion-inspired human behaviour. Questions about deifying a human being, the influence of tzadik in the physical worlds after his death and, of course, of messianic realities were expounded upon and debated. And while both Rabbis agreed to disagree on their ideologies, they acknowledged that their focus and that of the debate should only have one outcome- to bring people closer to Judaism.

 

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