Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Gold(stein) in London: Orthodox Jew Carries the Torch


Long after all the medals are distributed at the Summer Olympics now underway in London, the Jewish community there will proudly remember the role played by Efrayim Goldstein, a Chassidic Jew. Goldstein was chosen as one of 187 carriers of the Olympic torch as it made its way to the Olympic Stadium.

As Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu reported in Israel National News,
Chassidic London Jew Ephraim Goldstein carried the Olympic torch Monday. He has worked with seven charities and runs a soup kitchen.
Many members of the London Jewish community turned out in the early morning to watch Goldstein carry the Olympic Torch for 330 meters, approximately 1080 feet, in southeast London.
The British Jewish Defense League website described Goldstein as being so excited he felt like was in “flames.”
He is 22 years old, and has started up and worked with charities since the age of 16, including the London Shomrim organization, which has 300 volunteers.
The League noted he carried the torch in memory of the 11 Israelis who were massacred in the Munich Olympics in 1972. The International Olympics Committee, which includes more than 40 Muslim representatives, has refused to allow the opening ceremony next week to include a one-minute silence in memory of the murdered athletes.
Goldstein told the League, “He told us he wanted people to know that he wanted to pay homage to the 11 Israelis that were murdered by the Palestinian terrorists during the Munich games in 1972, so we designed a banner to express his wishes.”
“It’s an honor and a privilege to carry the torch,” Goldstein said. “It’s a unique opportunity in life and I’m very happy to be part of it.”
This video follows Goldstein as he travels by bus to the starting point of his run, the lighting of the torch, and his run for almost a quarter of a mile until he hands off the flame to the next runner. Enjoy!
 
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(A tip of the kippah to Sheila Zucker for bringing this story to our attention.)