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US Jewish girl sets weightlifting world record
Published: 12.07.12, 13:41
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1. Issues with Tzeniut and Shabbat
Yosef ,   Boca Raton   (07.12.12)
This family is in a downhill steep. Better watch it. Girl behaving like a spartan and that "They try to refrain from competing on Saturdays in order to observe the Sabbath" I hope this is a typo from the news agency. Better do Teshuvah now. This girl should be Tzanuah all the time not just in shul and behaving like a spartan sailor out of it.
2. Haredi??
Yehudit ,   NYC/Jlem   (07.12.12)
Nothing about this girl says "Haredi", sorry YNET. Yeshivat Noam is Modern-Orthodox or Dati-Leumi. "Religiously observant" would fit better. Nice try, though.
3. wow
jj   (07.12.12)
amazing. congratulations to her, that really is incredible.
4. I do not like it at all. NO!
Israeli 2   (07.12.12)
5. Haredi girl weightlifter
Voice of Reason ,   Here & now   (07.12.12)
Ynet does it again. Showing Ynet's true colors. Confusing Modern Orthodox with Charedi. The only reason Ynet put Haredi in the headline was to sucker in the readers. Rather than congratulate the girl for a job well done Ynet chooses to harp on he "Haredi". Kol Hakavod to Naomi Kutin & her family.
6. a bit mishuganah
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (07.12.12)
how in the blazes did a 'religious' family get their daughter into this stupidity?
7. Bravo Naomi
Keith ,   Texas, USA   (07.12.12)
Those are very respectable numbers, especially that squat.
8. Wow,
Walt K ,   Sherbrooke, Canada   (07.12.12)
Simply beautiful.
9. @6: Ever hear of LOVE?
emanon ,   USA   (07.12.12)
If you love your kids, you support them in what they do. If they excel at something you support them even more. BTW, I notice no one seemed to voice a problem with her kumite experience in karate. If this a modern dojo, kumite usually involves mixed sparring. This works on two levels: more aggressive students learn to control their aggression and less aggressive students overcome their combat fears. Notice I did not differentiate by sex: I've sparred with some women that were VERY aggressive and could easily kick my butt and I'm not ashamed to admit it. We all do something better than someone else and there's always someone that can do something we do, better than we can do it. Accept it and learn from it. It is a fact of life.
10. #1
Aw ,   Jerusalem israel   (07.12.12)
You sound like an idiot, If you don't like what she does, don't let your daughters do it, but good for her!!! She probably lifts more than you and your jealous!
11. terrribly unhealthy and dangerous for her to do
sanity ,   land of make beileve   (07.12.12)
she will pay for it when she gets older
12. #6
Harold ,   Signal City USA   (07.12.12)
Kindly explain what you mean by "stupidity".
13. Unusual God Given Strength and Determination
George ,   USA   (07.12.12)
She was blessed with great physical strength. Although the strange-lings in the talk back write negative things about a fellow Jew for no other reason than sinat chinam point out that she is a girl and therefore should not dress appropriately for weight lifting and implicitly should not be weight lifting, God thinks otherwise. She should have only success, both physically and spiritually. Thanks Ynet for doing what healthy people always do, for celebrating a Jew's success.
14. #9 emanon
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (07.12.12)
did you ever hear of the word 'parenting'? It means guiding your children through growing up and teaching them what is good and what is not good; not letting them get mixed up in total stupidity as seems to be the case here. Smart parents guide their children with love and compassion, foolish parents let the kids find their own stupidity as the dumb parent sits by and watches.
15. Emanon # 9
Eaglebeak ,   Left Coast, USA   (07.12.12)
NIce post. Thank you.
16. jewish gladiators
dee   (07.12.12)
this is the beauty of judaism, when power lifting genes get injected into the jewish genetic pool, so called weak jews do amazing things, like the jewish gladiators who fought lions in rome all while chained, those good jewish boys, like resh lukish and many unsong heroes., they too prob had other genetic strains. power comes from integrating not isolating.
17. Thre goes the modern "Shimshona". kudos.
yossi ,   rehovot   (07.12.12)
18. #12 Harold
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (07.12.12)
Normally a religious family has what are known as religious values which determine how to live life. These values certainly do not include having a young girl train to be a weight lifter. This is sheer stupidity allowing a religious Jewish child to get involved in a sport that does not have a clue of brains involved, not a shred of moral meaning connected to it and has not a drop of relationship to Judaism is sheer stupidity - and the fact that you couldn't figure it out doesn't say much for you either.
19. Larry # 18
Eaglebeak ,   Left Coast, USA   (07.12.12)
The fact that Harolds viewpoint is different than yours and couldn't figure out why you would call this stupidity does him no discredit. Most of us are not mind readers and it's hard sometimes to know where someone is coming from especially when that persons view is rather narrow. Not a drop of relationship to Judaism? So what? Judaism is good but it isn't everything.
20. I'm Orthodox and I think it's a good idea.
TRUEBT ,   Jerusalem   (07.13.12)
She could use her strength as a lifeguard pulling a 300 lb woman off the bottom of a pool. She could be a security guard for a girls seminar. She could help do a tahara for obese women, etc. May Hashem make her a tremendous asset to Klal Yisroel. As for the tznius problems, let's remember she is still a Katana and these are Issurei D'rabbanan. Certainly the LOR ought to be consulted, but there is room for a Heter.
21. #18 Larry, You don't get it: parents want her to excel
Michael ,   California, USA   (07.13.12)
Your kind of thinking has kept people like you locked in without progress for generations. If parents would guide their children to only live like they did, there would be no progress in this world. Luckily, parents want from their children more than from themselves. They promote positive values to their children and teach them to excel in life.
22. Yosef #1 and Larry #18 - you are complete morons.
Orthodox Judaism does not forbid this.
23. #18
Harold ,   Signal Hill CA   (07.13.12)
Did you ever hear of Max Nordau call for "Muscle Jewry" at the Second Zionist Congress. Do you think that has no relationship to Judaism?
24. Good luck Naomi in all your endeavors
Rod ,   Fargo N.Dakota   (07.13.12)
25. Females do not have the bone density of males and should not
Rivkah   (07.13.12)
try to lift heavy weights like this child is doing since that can cause bone fractures. This is cruelty to a child and will likely result in a fracture if it hasn't allready. My sister pushed her younger daughter into athletics and volleyball and the child got wrist fractures and will have rheumatoid arthritis from that someday. This weight lifting nonsense should stop. What do you think boys are for? When the male orderlies in hospitals were no longer hired for heavy lifting for the nurses and then the nurses had to lift patients and do other heavy work in addition to nursing, they started getting fractures and missed work. Males are not females and females are not males. Each has his/her place. Deliberately doing activities to cause injuries is wrong.
26. #19 Beaglebrain
Larry ,   Los Angeles   (07.13.12)
Can't you read? it says "The Kutins are a modern Orthodox family". If this is true where are their religious values. I can understand some secular Jew letting their daughter do this, but some one who supposedly has religious values and is considered "modern Orthodox", well I see the modern, but where is the Orthodox.
27. Here's Why (to #18)
Keith ,   Texas, USA   (07.13.12)
#18 wrote: a sport that does not have a clue of brains involved, not a shred of moral meaning connected to it When the weights get heavy, you have to think about what John Kennedy said: We choose to do these things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because they will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
28. An ant can lift many times its body weight. This girl is not
as strong as an ant in that regard.
29. Larry # 26
Eaglebeak ,   Left Coast, USA   (07.13.12)
I'm not questioning their religious values. I was not raised as a Jew so I don't have the knowledge of what being Orthodox should or shouldn't be. i am not in a position to judge them on that and I wouldn't even if I were. It's between them and God and they certainly don't need our approval. I see only good in this story and am sorry when some people choose to only see evil.
30. Olympic medal in the future?
AMERICAN HINDU ,   USA   (07.14.12)
An Olympic medal some day for the US or Israel? Good luck to her!
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