Reconciliation and Healing: A South African Jewish Perspective

By Dana Evan Kaplan

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 1999

This piece explores the issue of reconciliation through the lens and experience of South African Jews during the end of Apartheid and the transition to the new government. The author highlights the importance of the truth and reconciliation commission as part of the healing process and also the importance and success of the Reconstruction and Development Programme which succeeded in helping South Africa. The author specifically mentions that the efforts undertaken in the program, which included helping pregnant women and increasing access to water, were consistent with the underlying values of Judaism. The piece concludes by asserting the meaning of the South African experience for all Jews as a lesson on how struggles can be overcome with reconciliation and healing.

Topic: International Relations, Conflict Resolution, Community Relations, Apartheid, Global Responsibility

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Volume/Issue: Vol.63/no.2

Page Number(s): 76-92

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: South Africa

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kaplan, Dana Evan. Reconciliation and Healing: A South African Jewish Perspective. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 1999: 76-92.


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