3rd MACCABIAH GAMES BRASS NAPKIN HOLDER ISRAEL 1950

VINTAGE MACCABIAH GAMES BRASS NAPKIN HOLDER ISRAEL 1950 SIZE: 8.8 X 8 X 3.1 CM SHIPPING : $10 (REGISTERED).

The Maccabiah Games ( Hebrew: ???????????? ?) is an international Jewish athletic event similar to the Olympics. The Maccabiah is held in Israel every four years under the auspices of the Maccabi Federation, a part of the Maccabi World Union. Although primarily for Jewish athletes, Arab Israelis can also participate. It is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and World Federation of Sports. The Maccabiah Games is one of the five largest sporting events in the world by participation and is considered a Regional Games by the International Olympic Committee.

Since 1932, the Games have been held roughly every four years. The third Maccabiah Games, scheduled for 1938, was delayed until 1950 due to the rise of Nazism in Europe and the outbreak of the Second World War. The Maccabiah Games have been a quadrennial event since 1957.

Ironically, Judas Maccabeus, the man for whom the games are named, strongly disapproved of athletic games and competitions, which were a clear influence of Greek culture and were introduced into Jerusalem by his staunch enemies the Hellenising Jews, and abolished upon his getting control of the city. These games are modelled on the modern Olympics - in turn modeled on the Classical
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