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Maccabi Games debunk myths about Jewish athletes


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/sports/article/maccabi_games_debunk_myths_about_jewish_athletes_20070810

Woody Allen's oft-told joke about the paucity of Jewish sports heroes reinforces stereotypes going back centuries. A noteworthy example comes from sociologist Edward Ross, a Protestant, who about 100 years ago had this to say about Jews: "On the physical side, the Hebrews are the polar opposite of our pioneer breed. Not only are they undersized and weak-muscled, but they shun bodily activity and are exceedingly sensitive to pain."

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