Unlike the Greek Marathon, commemorating the run of a messenger to announce the victory of the Greek army over the invading Persians, the Israeli Bible Marathon commemorates a terrible defeat of the Israelites in the hand of the Philistines.
The Smith Institute survey proves for the Nth time that the polls yield results based on how you write the questions, or, in this case, how you cut your random sample of respondents.
Daily Torah seminars exploring the Jewish message behind sports and the meaning of competition will take place at one of the two Pyeongchang Chabad centers and at the Jewish room in the Olympic Village.
"This industry is funded by millions of shekels from the defense budget (e.g. policemen) and its operation on Shabbat forces the entire Jewish people to participate in the desecration of the Shabbat, and this to us is unacceptable."
"Sports have the great power to break down barriers between people from different communities."
Amit Madah, 16, from Kisra-Sumei, an Arab town in the western Galilee, is Israel's youth champion.
He could have chosen the easy service offered to an outstanding athlete. He preferred, instead, to serve as a combat soldier in the Sayeret Egoz special forces unit.
The 20th Maccabiah will feature competitions in 40 different sports, including two new additions: lacrosse and bridge.