In 1920, at age 35, Charlotte Epstein was not a contender for an Olympic medal in Antwerp, but she was, in many ways, the hero of women’s swimming. Born in 1884 in New York City, “Eppy,” as she was known to her acquaintances, was a court stenographer who took up swimming as a means of exercise after work with her female coworkers.
Some people love to exercise, others hate it, but everyone knows that it is a vital component of properly maintaining one’s physical health.
Aly Raisman is going home with two gold medals after finishing first in the floor exercise at the London Olympics on Tuesday. That’s in addition to the gold medal she won with Fierce Five last week in the women’s team competition.
According to many opinions, the most minimal prayer format one should recite daily should consist of praise of God, a request of God and a thank you to God. Thus for instance, a mother of triplets might say: “God, You are the giver of blessings. God, please give me patience. God, thank you for creating coffee.”
While our country is celebrating the U.S. women’s gymnastics team’s first place win in the team competition, there’s an entirely different gymnastics competition happening this week that most people will never watch. What is it? Read on!
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?