Religion Magazine

Interesting Psak: Bracha on Olympic Athletes

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
Rav Eliezer Melamed has issued an interesting psak when questioned about the appropriateness in saying a bracha upon seeing an Olympic athlete, specifically one who won a medal. The bvracha would be the bracha one makes on seeing someone unusually beautiful, unsually successful and unusually strong - the bracha of "shekacha lo baolamo".
Rav Melamed responded that one should make the bracha and the purpose of this bracha is to remind us not idolize these people but we should remember that their special gifts and talents are from God. Rav Melamed says that one would have to actually see the athlete in person, rather than seeing a picture or video of the athlete, and one did not necessarily have to see the actual competition to make the bracha.
Rav Melamed added that one would not make the bracha for seeing just any Olympian athlete, but only for seeing one that actually won a gold medal - the real champions. Whiule that would mean Israelis would not make a bracha upon seeing Yarden Gerbi or Ori Sasson, Rav Melamed added that in each country one could make the bracha on his country's local champions.
Making the bracha on a female athlete would have to be done when she is appropriately dressed, meaning it is unlikely to be able to make it while she is competing, but more likely after the fact.
source: Walla News
------------------------------------------------------ Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel ------------------------------------------------------

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Dinesh Karthik Changes Fortune with a Great Cameo and Last Ball Sixer

    Dinesh Karthik Changes Fortune with Great Cameo Last Ball Sixer

    Not many may be remembering that 3rd ODI against England at London in Sept 2004 which India won by 23 runs and Sourav Ganguly was the man of the match. Read more

    The 18 March 2018 by   Sampathkumar Sampath
  • Sometimes…

    Sometimes life comes at you in unexpected ways. Sometimes straight on. You see it coming. You are either ready or not, but there it is. Read more

    The 18 March 2018 by   Redneckprincess
  • Change in Plans

    A few weeks ago I found a firm mass in my abdomen. I'm not very conversant with the usual makeup of my abdomen - it's not something I worry about most of the... Read more

    The 18 March 2018 by   Sherwoods
  • 6 Reasons Why Office Gossip Is Bad For Your Business

    Reasons Office Gossip Your Business

    As an entrepreneur, you should treat gossip among the members of your team as a reduction in productivity at best, and at worst, an indication of unhappy,... Read more

    The 18 March 2018 by   Martin Zwilling
  • #LondonWalks Walk Of The Week: Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of...

    #LondonWalks Walk Week: Mountain Building Meteorites City London #UrbanGeology @R_Siddall

    On Sundays we pluck just one walk from the vast London Walks repertoire and put it centre stage. You can check out the full schedule at Read more

    The 18 March 2018 by   Lwblog
  • Hop Scotch


    Now there’s a touch of spring in the air, it’s time to resume with my travels, starting with a trip into the Kingdom of Fife for three of the matches in the... Read more

    The 18 March 2018 by   Smidrophenia
  • Bubble Guppies Live Review

    Bubble Guppies Live Review

    One night about a month and a half ago I was doing some work for my theater company, posting information about our upcoming production to various listings... Read more

    The 18 March 2018 by   Nesheaholic