Even those who are unfamiliar with boxing can picture the subtle dance of the boxer in the ring. The art of moving subtly about the ring, the elaborate footwork, sparring and counter-punches, are credited to Daniel Mendoza (1764 – 1836), who is sometimes referred to as the “father of scientific punches.” He developed his unique style to compensate for his slight frame (5’7″ and 160 lbs). The descendant of Marranos living in London, “Mendoza the Jew” is said to have been the first Jew to speak to King George III, whose patronage he earned in 1787. He held the title of Heavyweight Champion from 1792 – 1795.
Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman disappointingly took fourth place in the women’s gymnastics individual all-around competition at the London Olympics this week. It was a disappointment to the 18-year-old athlete because she actually tied for third place, but was dropped to fourth place due to a quizzical and controversial tie-breaking rule.
Tu B’Av, the fifteenth of Av, was celebrated in ancient times by unmarried maidens who went out on this day to dance in the vineyards hoping to be chosen by an unmarried youth to be his bride. However, this day was marked for celebration for several other reasons.
Hot summer days and dramatic Olympic competitions bring to mind the joy of swimming. But swimming is more than a sport or a relaxing pastime, swimming is a skill that is specifically mentioned in the Talmud.
Aly Raisman is obviously a skilled gymnast who loves to compete, but did you know she has career aspirations that don’t include gymnastics?
The U.S. men’s water polo team rallied from an early two-goal deficit to edge Romania 10-8 on Tuesday. The win means the U.S team is still unbeaten and on track to potentially win a medal at the London Olympics! And who was behind that win? Jewish goalkeeper…
Jewish swimmer Jason Lezak, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is likely finishing out his Olympic career with a silver medal. Competing in the 2012 games, Lezak helped the American swim team qualify for the 4×100-meter freestyle relay finals on Sunday. However…
Tonight, tens of thousands of Jews will celebrate completing their study of the Talmud. Some of the celebrants are full-time Torah scholars, others are dentists, mechanics and businesspeople. Almost all of them have been involved in the Daf Yomi, a program of studying one folio page of Talmud each day that was initiated in 1923 by Rabbi Meir Shapiro. It takes 7 ½ years to complete the Talmud’s 2711 folio pages one folio page at a time, and each Daf Yomi cycle’s completion is celebrated at a Siyyum Hashas. A siyyum is a special celebration observed upon completing any set amount of Torah study. Shas is an acronyn for the Talmud, alluding to the Shisha Sedarim, the six orders into which both the Mishna and the Talmud are divided.
Across the country, school breakfast programs are offered in order to ensure that students will be properly nourished and capable of putting forth their best efforts during their day of learning. While the origins of the often repeated statement that
Every four years, sports fans and non-sports fans alike come together for the athletic spectacle that is the Summer Olympics! We watch in awe, cheer with enthusiasm and now (in 2012) immediately head to Twitter to update our status about the amazing physical feats we just witnessed! If you’re obsessively Tweeting about the Olympic talents in London, here are the Top 5 Jewish Olympians you should be following on Twitter: