Aly Raisman Wins Over the World’s Coldest Hearts

Last week I wrote about how Needham’s Aly Raisman conquered what my grandmother endearingly used to call “The Jewish Internet.” After picking up another gold medal plus a bronze yesterday in London, she’s certainly conquered the Olympics, too. Ordinarily, I’d say that’s a pretty solid couple week’s work. But no! There’s more. Forget taking down the Russian and Chinese gymnasts, Raisman’s also accomplished a feat long thought impossible for a Boston athlete: she’s won over the New York Post. Behold:

The Post story goes on to gush how Raisman not only performed her routine to Hava Nagila, but connected it to the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to acknowledge the 40th anniversary of the massacre of 11 Israelis at the 1972 games in Munich with a moment of silence. The article quotes her:

“Having that floor music wasn’t intentional,” an emotional but poised Raisman told reporters after her performance.

“But the fact it was on the 40th anniversary is special, and winning the gold today means a lot to me.”

The Post article’s pièce de résistance, though, comes when the writer, Leonard Greene, interviews Raisman’s rabbi. Why? Because I dunno, why not? If you’re going to pander to Jews, you might as well go whole hog, right? (Non-kosher food reference intentional.)

“She is a focused person,” said Rabbi Keith Stern, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Avodah in Newton Centre, Mass., where the Raisman family are members.

“She’s very proud and upfront about being Jewish. Neither she nor her family explicitly sought to send a message. But it shows how very integrated her Jewish heritage is in everything that she does.”

So there you have it. Aly Raisman: champion of the Jews, the New York Post, Needham, Mass., the Olympics, the United States, and pretty much everything else. Her Olympics may be over, but it’s a safe bet that the naches is just beginning.

  • Lou R Chavez

    All American should be very proud of the Homorable Tribute to the victims of the 1972 Munich Massacre by Aly Raisman! I believe that all peace-loving men & women of the Olympic Games should have done the same! She has my heart & support!
    Just an Old Chicano from Albuquerque!

    • Alan Zelcer

      Not a funny article, and not at all witty. Aly is a superb athlete; you are a mediocre intellect.
      I am told the worst anti-semites are other Jewish people–you fit the description. Her salute to her heritage as she represents the United States is quintessentially American. You obviously are uncomfortable with who you are, and you sound like a bitter wannabe. Perhaps you should find another country to live in.

  • John

    Why are you so bitter Schwartz. What is your problem. Is this a proper occasion for spewing vile political hatred. Let it go. Enjoy our victory. Drop the intolerance; live and love. Forget the agenda for a few minutes and take what she did to heart. Join us in memorializing those who died; screw the bias crap and just be a mentsch.

  • Natalie Rosen

    A big Mazel Tov to your spectacular efforts both on and off the Olympic mat. I am sure her parents are kvelling (Yiddish for being proud). I certainly am. Shame on the Olympic Committee that did not act respectful. If others were God forbid killed from another country there is NO doubt in my mind a tribute would have been made.

    Doesn’t matter now. Aly took the baton and ran with it and won. Kudos Aly Raisman. You are indeed a MENCH!