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Mandela family’s message to Jews

by Ben Harris, JTA

July 1, 2013 | 9:19 am

Makaziwe Mandela (right),the eldest daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela arrives with Ndileka (center) and Ndaba Mandela at the Pretoria hospital where former President Nelson Mandela is being treated on June 26. Photo by REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Makaziwe Mandela (right),the eldest daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela arrives with Ndileka (center) and Ndaba Mandela at the Pretoria hospital where former President Nelson Mandela is being treated on June 26. Photo by REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

This letter was conveyed last week by South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein:

Dear Friends

I hope you are well.

This morning I spoke to Dr. Makaziwe Mandela, President Nelson Mandela’s daughter, to convey our community’s prayers and support. She asked me to thank the South African Jewish community on her behalf and that of the entire Mandela family for our love and support at this difficult time, as well as for the many years during the past. Makaziwe specifically said that I should convey to the Jewish community that her father cherishes the special and warm relationship he has had with South African Jews throughout his life. She said that her father deeply appreciates that throughout his life he has enjoyed the warmth, kindness and support of our community.

At this time let us continue to pray for the comfort, strength and well-being of President Nelson Mandela as he continues to bravely fight for his life.

Kind regards and good Shabbos,

Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein

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