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Olympic Games

Let the games go on, but we should not go overboard in our enthusiasm.

The expression, “A healthy soul in a healthy body,” is accepted in Judaism. This is true both in the rational stream represented by the Rambam – who feels that it is forbidden to harm the body so that the soul will not be harmed – and by the masters of the Kaballah – who feel that the body is a vessel which holds the soul and which is therefore holy in some way. Thus, guarding over the body and keeping it healthy, in addition to encouraging physical activity, are relevant to Jewish tradition.

However – the root of the culture of sports is Greek culture. This is foreign to the nation of Israel, which always felt that the priority should be the purpose of life – understanding the Creator. Therefore, in spite of the positive elements that it contains, all the excitement around the Olympic Games carries with it a danger of moving away from the true goal of life, the knowledge of G-d.

What is the conclusion? Let the games go on, but we should not go overboard in our enthusiasm.

Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center. He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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