Shocked Jews like me owned slaves

Judah-BenjaminRichard Stein
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Judah Philip Benjamin, QC (August 6, 1811 – May 6, 1884) was an American politician, lawyer, and slaveholder who served in cabinet level positions in the Confederate States of America, including Secretary of War and Secretary of State. It was a shock for me, a Jew, to learn that Benjamin and other Jews owned slaves and supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. Especially, because the story of the flight from slavery in Egypt is so central to Jewish life and practice.

 

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