Three Great Reads from the Jewish Journal
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The Saudis’ takeover of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) is just the latest in a series of attempts by dictators to use sports to divert attention from human rights abuses… The phenomenon now called “sportswashing” debuted nearly a century ago, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Adolf Hitler exploited the games to dazzle the international community and distract from his persecution of Germany’s Jews.
Since most women naturally want to be admired and desired for their beauty, it’s a precious gift to teach girls that their highest beauty is internal, and that the beauty of their bodies is not meant for crude public consumption. Embracing this truth is where true female empowerment lies.
Ever notice the curious shift in Hebrew wording in the exquisite Song of the Sea poem, often sung in shul as “Mi Chamocha”? While the usual translation, “Who is like You, Adonai, among the mighty; Who is like You, adorned in holiness, revered in praise, working wonders,” suggests identical words for the repeated phrase “Who is like You,” there is a subtle difference in the Hebrew between the two instances. The first time it reads “mi chamocha”; the second time it says “mi camocha.” A khaf has become a kaf, as a dot (a dagesh), missing in the first line, suddenly appears in the second.