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April 06, 2010

Orthodox Fencer Wins Medal–On Shabbat

Yuval Freilich Yuval Freilich, who petitioned against competing on Saturdays, wins bronze medal in world championship–after competing on Saturday.

Religious fencer wins medal on Shabbat
Yuval Freilich, who petitioned against playing on Saturdays, wins bronze medal in world championship after competing on day of rest


Yuval Freilich Bronze medal exceeds Shabbat? Fencing champion Yuval Freilich, who made headlines when he forced the Fencing Association to avoid holding fencing matches on Shabbat, marked his greatest achievement on Saturday, ranking third in the World Championships in Fencing, held on the one day he previously refused to compete on.

Fifteen-year-old Freilich, who faced older contestants in the Cadet men's epee event held in Baku, Azerbaijan, was made to compete on Saturday, and showed excellent capabilities as early as the preliminary stage, when he won 4 of 5 events.

At the nock-out stage, Freilich defeated Mexican contestant Mauricio Lara 13:15, bested German contestant Jens Frohnmuller 11:15, overcame Italian Marco Fichera 13:15 and made it to the semi-finals after defeating Czech contender Martin Rubes 9:15.

After securing his medal, Freilich held a close match against German fencer Nikolaus Bodoczi, surprisingly refereed by Iranian Alireza Poursalman. The young Israeli champion managed to tie the score at 14:14 eight seconds before the end of the match, but eventually lost the match and had to settle for the bronze medal.

Freilich is considered one of Israel's biggest promises in the Olympic sport and was selected by Ynet as one of the top ten promising athletes under 20.
Freilich, who lives at the settlement of Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion ranked 21st during last year's championship, and made great headway with his huge leap this year.

Two years ago, when he was only 13, Freilich and his father filed a petition to the High Court in order to obligate the Fencing Association not to hold matches on Shabbat, so that religious contesters can also participate in them. At the time, the young fencer said he doesn't know what he will do if he is forced to compete on a Saturday while in Europe.

This time, Freilich decided not to miss the rare opportunity, and the result – a medal at the largest fencing event in the world for his age group.

Other Israelis also participated in the championship; competing in the Cadet men's epee event, Saar Hanina was ranked 32nd and Tal Shai ranked 49th. In the Cadet women's epee event Alona Komarov ranked tenth, while Dana Stralinkov finished in 24th place and Irena Levin ranked 27th.


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Congrats to Yuval, however I would not call him "a religious or Orthodox fencer".

Congrats to Yuval, however I would not call him "a religious or Orthodox fencer".

I see what you did there. You used the "No true Scotsman" fallacy.

A tournament in Baku?? Ugh!

Bing! Bing! Bing! Bing!
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Scoring is normally done electrically, but for centuries, through different scoring methods, human judges have been used, and still are due to potential problems with the electrically-scoring jackets - and it is equally possible that judges were called in for only his matches, with the agreement of competitors and their coaches; even then it should not be presumed that the matter of electricity was SIMPLY ignored or if principles were applied as with other situations and other electric technologies.

This is not only violation of electricity rules that were made by the rabbis about 50 years ago, but also vioulation of hard work, which is much older

At least his fencing has nothing to
do with selling stolen merchandise.

Such hypocrisy on this site, Shmarya will post all sorts of things showing how traditional observance is foul and how its adherents are all criminals, but when someone perhaps violates the Sabbath he posts them in a vindictive manner as though they should be prosecuted.
I say, good for the kid.

It seems to me that the electricity "issue", which I hold differently on that the current standard Orthodox positions, isn't really the big issue involved. If the family made an issue of not competing on Shabbat, this choice (freely theirs to make, of course) is a bit difficult to understand. Will they allow the boy to receive benefit (money? medal?) from the event on Shabbat? Just so that I don't come off as a jerk, I don't think I would have a problem with any of my kids playing in a sports game within the eruv to which they could walk.

Well it does sound a bit hypocritical. He campaigned against saturday games and wouldn't play them, but when it came to a once in a lifetime opportunity all his previous beliefs went out the window.
You either claim to keep shabbat and not play on that day or you don't.

Neve Daniel is a city comprised of non-haredi talmidei chachamim. I'm sure that if this kid participated in the event, that the decision was not taken lightly.

Can anyone attempt to explain what melacho(s) he could have violated here? (Answer: none that I know of.) Surely it is not b'ruach haShabbos, but that alone may not be a reason to withdraw from participating.

This fencer is bringing honor to the community, let us enjoy his accomplishment, rather than criticize him. The decision to compete must have been gut wrenching. I rather think about him than the Rubashkin's who never lost any sleep over their practices.

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