Nelson Mandela

MLK, Mandela And The Jews

01/14/2014
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The upcoming observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 20, juxtaposed against the recent passing of Nelson Mandela, should cause us to reflect with pride on the inspiring role that Jews played in both the civil rights movement in the United States and the struggle for the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa.

Rabbi Marc Schneier

Mandela, Apartheid And The Jews

12/16/2013
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Editor’s Note: A shorter version of this essay was published in the Dec. 13 issue of The Jewish Week.

Nelson Mandela’s death evoked a worldwide outpouring of respect and love.  Jewish leaders, from Netanyahu (Israel), to Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein (South Africa) to America, praised his greatness.  Netanyahu called him “a freedom fighter who rejected any violence” and “a moral leader of the highest order.”

The Backstory Behind Netanyahu's Absence

12/13/2013
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The absence this week of Israel’s two leading political figures, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, at the massive memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa was both painful and sad.  Whether or not illness made it impossible for President Peres to attend is something we cannot know, although surely, it would not have been an easy trip for a man of Peres’ age. 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

The Mandela Legacy

12/11/2013
Editorial

In the nearly three decades that Nelson Mandela was a prisoner of South Africa’s apartheid regime, his reputation was clear — depending on which side of the nation’s black-white divide one stood.

Mandela, Apartheid And The Jews

12/10/2013
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Nelson Mandela’s death evoked a worldwide outpouring of respect and love. Jewish leaders, from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (to South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein to President Obama, praised his greatness. Netanyahu called him “a freedom fighter who rejected any violence” and “a moral leader of the highest order.”

Irving “Yitz” Greenberg

‘Our Modern Joseph’

South African Chief Rabbi lauds Mandela at Jewish community memorial service.

12/10/2013
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The Jewish community of Johannesburg paid tribute this week to the memory of former President Nelson Mandela, who died at 95 on Dec. 5.

Mandela’s Complex Jewish Ties

South African leader’s longtime relationship with Jewish commuity veered between supportive and hostile; close friendships with Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris, Helen Suzman.

12/10/2013
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Nelson Mandela’s stunning attitude of reconciliation after his release in 1990 from 27 years in prison reassured very nervous South African Jews — and whites generally — that after living with “packed suitcases under the bed” during apartheid, they had a future here after all.

Mandela with Ann Harris at a Ma’Afrika Tikkun Project near Johannesburg. Ma’Afrika Tikkun

Netanyahu To Skip Mandela Memorial

12/09/2013
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JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not attend a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela due to the high cost of transportation and security.

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

12/05/2013
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Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary South African leader who forged close ties with his country’s Jews in his fight to dismantle the apartheid regime, has died.

Mandela’s Complex Jewish Ties

South African leader's long relationship with community veered between supportive and hostile.

12/05/2013
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Nelson Mandela’s amazing attitude of reconciliation after his release in 1990 from 27 years in prison reassured very nervous South African Jews — and whites generally — that after living with “packed suitcases under the bed” during apartheid, they had a future here after all.

Mandela: Supported Israel, but was closer to the Palestinians. Getty Images
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