Marathon

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Would the rabbis of the ancient world have given their blessing to the twenty-first century Jerusalem Marathon?

It’s a question I ponder each March, on that designated Friday when traffic in the Holy City comes to a grinding halt. Barricades are set up to block cars and buses, and their place is taken by some 25,000 runners (and chilled-out walkers) who make their way along Jerusalem’s cleared roads. It’s a marathon, but it feels like a festival.

When I wrote my first children’s book a couple of years ago, I asked eleven-year-old Gabi, who ran with her sisters, to describe the day. In her words:

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Posted by Eva L. Weiss

Going with the herd

Today “going with the herd” got a new meaning for me…

Only in the Jerusalem Marathon!

Posted by Emanuel Cohn in Videos
Jerusalem the functional

Jerusalem the functional

Running the 21 km on Friday during the Jerusalem Marathon, as we passed the Khan theatre, there was a woman in a pinkish reddish hijab and flowing robes cheering us on — while photographing (or filming) all the runners with her iPhone. The mix of old-and-new, and this obviously traditional Muslim Arab just delighting in the simple human effort of facing physical challenges, transcended politics. It represented the Jerusalem the functional we rarely read about in the headlines and was for me a highlight of my race (beyond finishing the darned thing!). A great — and true – Jerusalem moment.

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Posted by Gil Troy in Snippets