Charedi Mother From Yerushalayim Wins Tiverya Marathon, Just Misses Olympics Slot

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A charedi mother of five from Yerushalayim won the Tiverya Marathon on Friday, the first ultra-Orthodox woman to take first prize in the event.

Bracha Deutsch, known by her friends as “Speedy Beatie,” finished the race in 2 hours, 42 minutes and 18 seconds—the fifth fastest time for a female Israeli marathon runner—and was cheered across the finish line by her husband, a yeshivah teacher, and her children.

Deutsch, a 29-year-old who made aliyah from New Jersey eight years ago, told Ynet that she did not anticipate winning the race. “Elena Dolinin, Israel’s former record-holder, was considered a safe bet. When I passed her during the race, she wished me luck and congratulated me,” said Deutsch.

”Throughout the race, I had great confidence in my abilities since Hashem guided me every step of the way,” she said.

The victory marks Deutsch’s fourth marathon. She competed in the Tel Aviv Marathon while seven months pregnant and began training for the trials just three years ago.

Though Deutsch’s time would have qualified her to enter the 2016 Olympic games, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo entry requirements demand a completion time of 2 hours and 36 minutes.

“From now on, I could certainly devote more time to training in order to improve my score, Deutsch told Ynet. “I think my dream of becoming the first female ultra-Orthodox Olympic champion might be possible.”

At the medal ceremony, Deutsch held one of her young children and smiled, wearing her running attire of a skirt, long-sleeved shirt and head scarf. Being that the event was on Friday, she promptly left to prepare for Shabbos.

(JNS)

{Matzav.com}

17 COMMENTS

  1. As a Chareidi woman from America I’m appalled that a supposedly frum woman would make a spectacle of herself by running through the streets in front of crowds of spectators, both male and female. What’s the difference between dancing at a chasuna and running in front of men? If tzniusdike women can’t dance at simchos without a mechitza, how can she run through the streets without a mechitza? Vateitzei Dinah, and she wasn’t even running.

  2. The women’s place is inside of her home sweet home, not out side running in a Marathon. I’m happy for her that she Just Misses Olympics Slot so she creates a lesser Chilull Hashem. It’s time we start practicing real Tzniut/s not just speaking about it.
    בזכות נשים צדקניות יצאנו ממצרים – ובזכות נשים הצנועות יבוא המשיח בקרוב ממש

  3. I agree with the last comment. She should not be running marathons. If she longs to run, let her run to do mitzvos in a refined and tzniusdig manner!

  4. She is following in the ways of the imahos. The Torah tells us in Bereishis that Rivkah and Rochel ran.

    פרק כד ופרק כט

  5. Past articles about her indicate she consulted with her Rov.

    There are differences between running and dancing, between how attractively the women are dressed, and between a venue where frum men are present and one where frum men don’t belong.

    It may not be your hashkafah but is it really an absolute breach of tznius for a woman to run (eg if it’s raining outside).

    • who doesnt eat sushi? you sound retarded. can you find a halachic reason to forbid sushi? do you feed your children fish sticks and spaghetti? is that jewish? mac and cheese? meat loaf. get off your high horse!

      • To Anon 8:34 PM: I’m actually pleased to share with you the Medrash on the possuk as follows: “v’ochalta” – zu fish sticks; “v’sovata” – zu Mac and cheese; “u’beirachta” – zu meat loaf. Thus we see that our holy tradition sanctions fish sticks but not sushi.

      • To Anon 8:34 PM: I’m actually pleased to share with you the Medrash on the possuk as follows: “v’ochalta” – zu fish sticks; “v’sovata” – zu Mac and cheese; “u’beirachta” – zu meat loaf. Thus we see that our holy tradition sanctions fish sticks but not sushi.

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