Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A Young Black African's Jewish Journey (video)

I've only just discovered this video, which was uploaded to YouTube almost a year ago.  It's very touching, most interesting in its own right.

But for reasons that will become at once apparent it plays its part in giving the lie to the "Apartheid State" slur. 

It's long, but please watch the first ten minutes at least.  Watching the entire video is instructive, and very rewarding.

To quote the uploader onto YouTube:
"The remarkable story of a black African from a royal lineage in Swaziland who was raised a Christian, converted to Judaism and became a Haredi Litvish Rabbi in Israel. It begins with Rabbi Natan Gamedze's first visit home in 16 years and traces back his extraordinary spiritual journey from Swaziland to Israel. By following Rabbi Gamedze's journey to Judaism, this story provides an extraordinary insight into orthodox Jewish thinking from a completely different background. Along the way it gently explores race issues, pre and post apartheid."

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