Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Aly Raisman: Jewish Heroine?

This just in:
Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman won a gold medal in the floor exercise as well as a bronze on the balance beam at the London Olympics.

Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., took the gold Tuesday with a score of 15.6 to edge Catalina Ponor of Romania and Aliya Mustafina of Russia, the silver and bronze medalists...

Raisman won the floor exercise in the team competition while performing her routine to a string-heavy version of "Hava Nagila."
There is absolutely no doubt about it. The lady is a heroine. Talent, long days of practice, and grace under pressure all culminated in a fantastic showing at the 2012 Olympics: Two gold medals and a bronze one too.

The question is, "Is Aly a Jewish heroine? Will she abandon her faith and people like so many other Jewish Americans that made it to the top and then married out? Or will she show the entire world that there is a lot more to being Jewish than Hava Nagila?

I never heard of Aly before the Olympics, but now I am "rooting" for her: that she will remember her roots, marry a nice Jewish boy and raise a nice Jewish family.

Then we will know that she really is a winner.

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