As the Olympics wind down, several friends and colleagues have  noted the remarkable moments, not the least of which is the following (words of  Rabbi Michael Simon, of Boynton Beach..):
Two weeks ago, probably nobody  outside of the gymnastics world ever heard of Alexandra Raisman. Today, or  course, she is a household name.

On Wednesday, her  picture was on the front page of the New York Post along with the headline “Star  of David.”
Want to know  why?
Not because she won  two Gold medals and one bronze medal. But, well, here’s what the article  said:
“It wasn’t a  gloved-fist salute from the medal stand, but Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman  made quite a statement yesterday by winning a gold medal and invoking the memory  of the Israeli athletes killed 40 years ago in  Munich.
Raisman finished  first in the women’s floor exercise, but she deserves to have another medal  draped around her neck for having the chutzpah to face the world and do what  needed to be done and say what needed to be said.
At the same Olympic  Games where bigoted organizers stubbornly refuse to honor the slain athletes  with a moment of silence, 18-year-old Raisman loudly shocked observers first by  winning, then by paying her own tribute to 11 sportsmen who died long before she  was born.
And if  that wan’t enough, she won her event with the Hebrew folk song “Hava  Nagila” playing in the background.”
“Having that floor  music wasn’t intentional, but the fact it was on the 40th anniversary is  special, and winning the gold today means a lot to  me.”
“I am Jewish, that’s  why I wanted that floor music,’’ Raisman said.
“If there had been a  moment’s silence, “I would have supported it and respected  it.”
Brava, Aly.  And a tip of the kippah to all the participants  who’ve shown such menschlichkeit during these Olympics.