Olympic Moment of Silence

Is one minute too much to ask?

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(44) Tsuriel, July 26, 2012 5:31 AM

NBC's Costas supports the silence

Bob Costas has called the IOC to task for ignoring this call for a moment of silence for the 11 who died 40 yrs ago. Blessings on Bob & all who stand with him!

(43) Harriette Ellis, June 26, 2012 6:37 AM

These fallen heroes should be remembered by the Olympic community.

It's a disgrace by the Olympic Committee to deny such a memorial. These young athletes were a part of the Olympic community. By denying a moment of silence, they are denying the lives of these Olympic heroes. Shame on England and shame on the Queen.

(42) Malka Melbourne, June 18, 2012 10:12 AM

A moment's silence

Don't be surprised if there will be no moment's silence. Know that there are two kinds of people in this world, Jews and non-Jews. When the chips are down the non-Jews stick together. Jewish blood is cheap. Thank you Aish for educating the masses so the Jews can unite, know and appreciate who they are and that will have an effect to bring the Redemption and stop all this/

(41) Patricia Ellen Pelland, June 8, 2012 1:46 PM

I'm shocked. I realize there has been much persecution, but this is getting so rediculous and completely shameful. Didn't the world learn anything from the past? We had a moment of silence for a fellow biker who died in an accident as we were haveing a prayer day and blessings for the bikers and safety. (we didn't even know him.) THIS is for people who are in the public eye and putting themselves out there for the world to enjoy a worldwide brotherhood that usualy brings people togeather. I'm not Jewish, but support Israel. We are all one under God. Let's stop acting worse than animals.

(40) David S. Levine, June 8, 2012 2:37 AM

A Hotbed of Jew Hatred

The International Olympic Committee has, since at least 1936, been a hotbed of anti-semitism. When Avery Brundige gave in to every Hitler demand the stage was set and the set has never been changed. Simply don't bother watching or purchasing any item with the Olympic symbol on it--indeed treat that symbol as you would a swastika. The Kikuyu trive of Kenya sent through the colonial period there simply ignoring the British. Do that with the Olympics.

(39) Lisa, June 8, 2012 2:15 AM

We should expect nothing.......

So sad to think what these men would have accomplished in their lives if given the chance. Once again the world at large turns their head. Why are we surprised that they wont grant us a mere 60 seconds?

(38) Anonymous, June 7, 2012 5:55 PM

A moment of silence

Thank you for doing that, as a proud Jew, it was very meaningful. I hope that one day, G-d willing, they will let us have a moment of silence for the murdered Israeli athletes.

(37) Dr. Fassman, June 7, 2012 12:58 AM

I wholeheartedly agree!

Yes, a monent of silence is long overdue--39 years overdue!! Dr. D. Fassman

(36) Bar Code, June 6, 2012 8:02 PM

What will it do for you?!

Wake up and smell the roses. You cant change the world we live in. As a religious jew i ask you what will it bring you? closure? do you really need the anti semitic world to recognize you? for what? Be proud of your jewishness and dont be so needy.

Judy K, June 8, 2012 5:26 AM

So well said...you bring clarity to a dark place.

The anti-semetic world cannot recognize us...they are blinded, nor do they see God or the things of God in the same light. Our recognition does not come from men. However God breathed life into those people and man jealously caused it to cease to exist...I would like to say...it's not the Jewishness that counts in the record book but the life lived no matter how brief and the future(s) prematurely removed...in honor of those lives and their future(s) lost to us forever...I would like my silence to echo their silence in remembrance and mourning. I would like to say such tragedy of loss should bear honoring.

(35) suzanne, June 6, 2012 7:06 PM

How about a short speech instead?

How about a short speech instead the would emphasis the spirit of friendship and cooperation that these games are supposed to symbolize? In this same speech could be mentioned that a country's delegation were once mowed down while they were trying to symbolize these very ideas ... that the Olympic community remembers them and that their deaths redouble the resolve of the Olympic to see this never happens again. Love to see that!

(34) Anonymous, June 6, 2012 5:45 PM

We have to remember so that this will never happen again!

When we think of Olympic Games, we always have to remember what happened at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972. Sadly enough the Olympic Games in Munich still went on though the Israeli participants had been taken hostage and killed in the end. We have to remember so that such a desaster will hever happen again, because we who live now are responsible to protect the Jewish and/or Israeli people and also to prevent any violence against human beings in the world.

(33) allen silver, June 6, 2012 4:39 PM

What will it take ?

The Olympic Committee have denied this request over and over again and so we have to ask "WHAT WILL IT TAKE" for them to change their minds...500,000 signatures...1 million signatures? or perhaps ask them if it had been a member of their own family murdered in the name of Sport, would that have changed their minds ? if their son or daughter had been cut down in their prime representing their Country in the spirit of the world’s greatest sporting event before even reaching the starting blocks. Perhaps we should start another petition to ask the IOC just that! And I for one, having joined this petition will continue to write to Organisations and Institutions worldwide seeking support, but that is a mountainous task in a relatively short time left in which to make a difference, but not impossible!

(32) Jody, June 6, 2012 11:25 AM

I remember having such high hopes and anticipation particularly for that Olympics. Then this bizarre violence was happening at such a joyous place and so out of place. It was frightnening and dark. EVERY Olympics should pay honor and tribute to the ATHLETES that were shot and murdered and blown up. They were PEOPLE. To NOT honor them is an abomination amongst civilized people. We civilized people are getting fewer and farther between. Stand up up for what is right and human.

(31) Vincent Pinto, June 6, 2012 5:18 AM

I've signed the petition, but the 1min silence is unlikely.

Thanks for your comments. Right on! I've also read Shraga Simmons' write-up on QE & Israel. If she hasn't visited Israel in 60 years, it's close to unlikely she et al. will do anything about the 1min silence. Nevertheless, I have added my petition. Because the Creator is and has and ever will be in control, miracles are happening all the time!

(30) Anonymous, June 6, 2012 5:15 AM

minutes silence will backfire

I am afraid that if a minutes silence is called the Anti Semitic countries will use the time to boo or deliberately make a scene and the idea will backfire

Uriel, June 6, 2012 7:08 PM

go ahead

If they boo'd and made a scene, then they will forever have put their country to shame in the eyes of the whole world. FOREVER. Just like Germany is forever shamed about Hitler to the extent that they don't even teach it anymore.

(29) Violet Trout, June 6, 2012 2:37 AM


It is only respectful to have a moment of silence.

(28) Bobbie, June 6, 2012 1:10 AM

Dress can also be deceptive

I live in a very nice, quiet area. There have been random robberies on occasion in our area. We live in a low crime area, but it is not heaven. Dress code for the robbers: Very conservative, conservative attire. Professional appearance. I hear what you are saying, but it does not always ring true! Most, if not all, or the robberies in our neighborhood were carried out by well dressed people--not people wearing hoodies or such. Our own home was broken into within a month after my father's death. Dress code, nicely dressed young people. No one suspected a thing. Thank G_d no one was hurt. My mother was at home alone and called out. The robbers left the house! They had jimmied the door after first trying a window and failing. Dress is important, but there is nothing wrong with a hoodie. If it is cold, they help one to stay warm. The question is motive.

(27) valjgi, June 6, 2012 12:49 AM

we must take charge

yet again Jews must take charge of our destiny. After all we are commanded to make choices. Why not ignore the committee. Israeli team can bring out the portraits of the killed athletes with signs 'In Honour'. There are might be other countries willing to do the same. The original Olympics had one of the main rules, all the wars had to stop for the duration. today oil and votes valued higher than principles. we cannot boycott or ignore, we must act. it's our mission as Jews after all.

(26) avid, June 6, 2012 12:45 AM

I am saddened and ashamed for the world."This To Shall Pass" and will it ever pass?

(25) Anonymous, June 5, 2012 11:33 PM

We MUST have one moment of silence to remember everyone who was killed back in 1972. To do otherwise would be to excuse the hatred shown on that horrific day.

(24) Anonymous, June 5, 2012 8:04 PM

Ask atheletes at the Olypics to wear black arm bands with name of Jewish killed athletes

I think all Jews should write to all olympic atheletes to wear a black arm band with atleast one athlete who was killed at Munich and request contires to have the Israeli national athem played when their olympic athelletes win medals to offset the anti-semitc refusal of the Olympic committee to provide one minute of silence. Also ads should be put on during the Olympics for these atheletes and to request reductiion of antisemitism with mention of arab atheletes who refuse to compete against Jewish athletes. Also ceremonies showing honor to these athletes should be done by every non-antisemitic countries in their olympic village. If one would be done everyday of the olympics this would be wonderful. This can be one at the Israel olypmic village alone if no other country jons in with request of other athletes to come to this one minute cerromony each day..

(23) TED BAKER, June 5, 2012 7:49 PM

so, what else is new.

having lived thru so many acts of anti-semitism in quebec, it is no surprise that there are still many as the old prime minister of canada saying when european sought to come to canada, he said,- ' ONE IS TOO MANY '.

(22) Marsha, June 5, 2012 7:24 PM

moment of silence

I certainly agree that the Israeli athletes deserve this one moment of silence but not if it has to be forced from a despising audience.

(21) Anonymous, June 5, 2012 6:28 PM

We will never forget that day wheather they give us minute or an hour. Don't forget Jewish blood is cheap.

(20) Anonymous, June 5, 2012 5:56 PM

antisemitism or antsionism?

It is so important not to disppoint the islamic world! The Israeli victims are not respected by the olympic institution.

(19) Anonymous, June 5, 2012 5:56 PM



(18) Robert Kaufman, June 5, 2012 5:49 PM

On Olympic Memorial, certainly.

I heartily support the move to have one minute of silence in memory of Israel's fallen athletes, but considering the countries that will be in attendence, and the attitude of the host country whose citizens consider Israel to be the #1 obstacle to peace in the world, don't expect silence or any kind of respect shown in that minute.

(17) Monica, June 5, 2012 5:07 PM

A Moment of Silence

I believe that there should be a moment of silence ... but then when has the world ever been fair to the Jewish people.

(16) Christopher Bowman M.S., June 5, 2012 5:00 PM


The world will never recognize Israel in any way. If they did, they would have to recognize all of the rockets pouring down on Israel every day from Gaza and all the other innocents who have been killed or injured as a result of terrorism. I say the world can go straight to you know where!

(15) David, June 5, 2012 4:41 PM

let us encourage

If all comments and efforts are directed towards the desired effect, the greater chance of success.

(14) Eli Trisker, June 5, 2012 4:35 PM

Never forget those Israels who were killed

It is not asking much to have a moment of silence to honor the memories of the Israels who were killed. It is the least we can do. It just goes to show you that most of the people don't give a damm & that is a shame

(13) Anonymous, June 5, 2012 4:33 PM

are we surprised?

My heart goes out to the families, their pain deserves attention. However are we surprised? If we still are looking for the world to honor our fallen then we should wake up and take a better look! How many Israelis have been killled over the years? How often has the UN sided with the mourners? When was the last condemnation of murderers? I am sure you are aware of the sentence in the Torah, "Am levaded yishkon" and nation alone and apart. We look for comfort from above as is said in the blessing we give to the mourners, (acc to Sefardic tradition) Mishamayim tenachamu, may you be Divinely comforted, only G-d can truly comfort us, and we hope that we will remember to turn to Him. A minute of silence would be a nice gesture for diplomacy, but true comfort can only come from G-d. Thank you for giving me a moment to think!

(12) Jim Millman, June 5, 2012 4:30 PM

G-d forbid we should offend the Arab nations!!!

(11) Anonymous, June 5, 2012 4:22 PM

I absolutely agree with you Rabbi

Think about this , suppose it was the French equipe , ore the Italians that were brutalized 40 years ago , this year it would have been probably the 4-th time to conmemmorate Munick , who cares about the Jews .. its a crime shame , ,

(10) Melanie Vliet, June 5, 2012 4:17 PM


It was a day that will live in infamy. The only possible reason I can think of for NOT engaging in the minute of silence is to prevent the murderers from receiving any recognition.

(9) Anonymous, June 5, 2012 4:07 PM

I remember standing on the back porch of the student union at SUNY Buffalo leading a memorial service for the slain athletes. The following Nissen we observed the 30th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The world still observes our sadness with a smile. Perhaps the day will come when the peoples of the world observe that Jews are people too.

(8) Dan, June 5, 2012 3:15 PM

If they were from any other country

The minute of silence would be publicized and televised ad nauseum . However, three times a day in Aleinu, we ourselves say that we're not like the other nations. It's something we simply have to accept.

(7) Dan, June 5, 2012 3:13 PM

Palestinian terrorists

Let's call a spade a spade: they were Arab terrorists. It's time we stopped legitimizing their claim to "peoplehood", which is made to gain sympathy that they don't deserve. It's too bad the Rabbi used that unfortunate term.

(6) ted williams, June 5, 2012 2:59 PM

See below.

I am not Jewish, I have many friends who are. The Olympic Committee does not speak for all of us. The meaning of the Olympics is reduced by the refusal to commit to one simple act of remembrance. Shame on them.

Douglas. Pierce, June 5, 2012 11:04 PM

Amen, from an evangelical Christian.

(5) Sidney, June 5, 2012 3:25 AM


We are not asking that the world loves Jews. We are asking that murdered Olympic athletes be commemorated just as if there were 11 victims from several countries.

(4) Robert, June 4, 2012 5:44 PM

May the flame of their glory never be extinguished

For those of us who watched ABC news the day and night of the massacre will never forget the brave words and actions of Israel's Priminister.

(3) TMay, June 3, 2012 11:51 PM


Perhaps Israel, and other countries like Canada and the US can stop the footage for 1 minute of silence so that while the Olympic Committee has been uncooperative, technology can provide an answer. It would mean the sacrifice of maybe 1 advertisement. It probably won't happen anywhere other than Israel because corporations are cowardly when it comes to standing up for what is right, or as someone else might put it, they are financially prudent to avoid anything adverse to their business and "thye owe it to their shareholders". Israel could do it if they wanted to. Most likely there would be dissenters screaming about interference with the airwaves, and beating their chests and weeping, because they enjoy doing that, that's their job, so we know that there will be a price. In fact we could have purchased an ad for one minute of silence but it is probably late for this year. Perhaps for the 50'th? Then we would have to see the fights break out about the appropriateness of playing the ad. Some people would say it would be opening a can of worms and to keep politics out of sports. Others would say that it is related to the Olympics and that it does not open up a can of worms. Maybe while Israel was playing an ad for a moment of silence, Iran would be playing an ad celebrating the murders and calling for the renewed genocide of Jews. .

(2) Yisroel P, June 3, 2012 3:30 PM

A Nonsequitur

I disagree, and it's not something to think about. It's foolhardy to think you can change the natural order and make the peoples of the world over into Jew lovers and Jew respecting people. You're flying in the face of reality when you suggest that. You’re betraying a far greater reliance on the good will of others toward us than is warranted. You're being delusional. If anything, we should abandon and boycott the Olympics, not expect it to honor our wishes. Our only true avenue of recourse is to better ourselves and turn our trust and hope to our Father in Heaven. It is to earnestly petition the A-lmighty for His intercession in our behalf, and for His bringing about the complete redemption speedily in our days.

Stanley Tee, June 5, 2012 3:59 PM

Completely disagree

I'm afraid you sound a lot like those who claim that the Land of Israel should not have been resettled at the hand of mere mortals.

Yisroel P, June 6, 2012 1:01 PM


I fail to see how you can disagree. I’m not saying anything that isn’t already obvious. What is the point of making a public demonstration of our outrage and sorrow over the perpetration of that calamitous atrocity when we know it will do nothing to change the attitudes of those who are ill-disposed toward us? What purpose does it serve for us to confront an already not-too-friendly Olympic Committee with a demand for recognition, when they themselves betray a manifest and inherent opposition to our interests? Will any of this in the least bit eradicate the hostility that much of the world bears toward us? It’s absurd! It is folly for us to think in such terms. We would do well to straighten out our thinking and realize that everything that happens is in the hands of Heaven, and it is for us to pray for Heavenly help and redemption. There is absolutely no parallel to be drawn with the aspiration of settling in Israel.

One_For_Peace, June 30, 2012 10:56 PM

Should Boycott the Olympics

Israel is one of many nations participating in the Olympics. There are far too many countries who, rightly or wrongly, disagree with Israel and its policies. Where does this stop? what is next? a minute of silence for all the wars of aggression Israel carried out against Lebanon and Palestine? The Olympics is about sports, not politics. Sports, that is it. There are more than 10 Arab and Muslim countries participating, who will disagree with a moment of silence for the Israeli team. If those countries leave, the Olympics will suffer. If one country leaves, no one will suffer. Sounds like Israel has one simple decision, participate in the Olympics, or not. 40 years is long enough to just move on...

(1) Anonymous, June 3, 2012 3:08 PM

Elephant in the room

Rabbi, We know why Rogge and his Olympic committee want nothing to do with the 1 minute of silence: they either offend Israel or the Arab nations. You see, 40 years ago is ancient history, and who wants to open up old wounds. Let us be friends during this time of brotherhood. By the way, while we have this brotherhood event, let us not forget the 23,000 security guards and the 800 million dollar security tab (and climbing). I am sure that the close to billion dollar security bill is for people who want to get in without a ticket; for people who drink too much; for people who make too much noise after hours. And, those Cobra helicopters, along with drones, have many uses these days: all to ensure that those beer loving Britons are kept in check. Lest we forget! I should state that Rogge is hopeful that Saudi Arabia will be sending women to the Olympics. That will be quite an achievement for him.


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