Author Archive | Rabbi Frank Lowinger

JEWISH IDENTITY BRINGS WORLD REDEMPTION

During my teen years I often fought with my father over having to attend Shul (synagogue) functions long after Bar Mitzvah.   I wasn’t happy about his decision to compel my brothers and I to attend when he never did.  My father of blessed memory was a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who lost his entire family.  As far as he was concerned, God too died at Auschwitz.  Whenever we lodged a protest and brought up the seeming hypocrisy of his exempting himself, we always received the same answer; “I want you to know who you are and who your people are.”  This […]

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IS MANDELA REALLY LIKE JOSEPH?

With the news of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, world leaders have converged in South Africa for his memorial service. Internationally he is being heralded as a great hero and liberator with accolades pouring in. Some Jewish leaders are even comparing Mr. Mandela to Jacob’s son Joseph. For example, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein recognizes this in the following prayer: “So too, Oh L-rd, your servant Nelson Mandela, like the biblical Joseph, rose up from jail to become President of a mighty nation; he too transcended his personal pain and years of suffering to forgive […]

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