|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
In Brief ...
Jokes about physical development of the Jews is one of the brightest chapter of an anti-Semitic folklore. The truthfulness (or injustice) of these wisecracks we will leave outside the article. Although there is no smoke without a fire - an exclusively city way of life (during the centuries) and prohibition to have some "healthy" professions created an image of sickly, hollow-chested and crooked-legged "invalids of the fifth line". Despite impressive achievements of Jews-sportsmen of new time in such "aggressive" kinds of sports as boxing (especially in 1920s in the USA), wrestling, heavy athletics including swimming and figure skating a typical Diaspora Jew is a four-eyed intellectual with a very "smart" book. The Jewish sports society "Makkabi" is called to improve this situation. This society exists in many countries and periodically holds Jewish Olympiads (that is, the Makkabiads) in Israel. There are, as a rule, no outstanding records at such competitions. Though, the most well-known Israeli basketball player of all times Tal Brodi firstly visited his historical land being a member of the USA "Makkabi" combined team.