CAPE TOWN, South Africa (JTA) — South Africa’s chief rabbi, Warren Goldstein, conveyed the Jewish community’s prayers and support to the daughter of ailing former President Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, 94, remains critically ill in a Pretoria hospital.
Dr. Makaziwe Mandela thanked the Jewish community on behalf of the Mandela family for its “love and support at this difficult time” as well as in 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,” the chief rabbi wrote in a message to the community on Friday. “She said her father deeply appreciates that throughout his life he has enjoyed the warmth, kindness and support of our community.”
Goldstein also requested that all congregational rabbis recite special prayers for Mandela during Sabbath services.
“At this time let us continue to pray for the comfort, strength and well-being of President Mandela as he continues to bravely fight for his life,” he wrote.