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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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