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December 3, 2016 / 3 Kislev, 5777
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When Mandela came to power, about 80 percent of the population was black (nearly 90 percent if you add the “coloreds” to the “Africans”). He did not advocate vengeance or violence against the ten percent of his countrymen who were white (or the two percent who were Jewish).

His eschewing revenge in this context was truly heroic – almost biblical – by the standards of history.

Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq.

Editor’s Note: The writer is the author of The Maverick Rabbi, about Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein, who opposed discrimination before it became politically correct to do so.

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  1. Roy Neal Grissom says:

    So let me get this straight…it's perfectly all right to support Yasser Arafat out of hakkarat hatov. Good to know.

    What if Mandela had praised a neo-Nazi who had defended him? Would that be all right too? Or is a neo-Nazi worse because he is prejudiced against more different kinds of people than Arafat allegedly was?

    Wish some of that hakkarat hatov would occasionally accrue to Bible-thumpers. For some reason their support seems oh so much more embarrassing than that of leftist revolutionaries–perhaps because people are always hoping that the left will come to see Zionism as a left-wing national liberation movement and switch sides. Funny how that never works, but by all means do keep trying.

    Heaven forfend that Zionism actually be associated with HaShem, the Torah, and Halakhah rather than secular nationalism.


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