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June 23, 2016 6:26 pm

Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas to Wear Leotard With Hebrew Letters in National Competition

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Gabby Douglas’ championship leotard, pictured, features Hebrew lettering. Photo: GK Elite.

Gabby Douglas’ championship leotard, pictured, features Hebrew lettering. Photo: GK Elite.

Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas will wear a leotard bearing Hebrew lettering when she competes at the P&G Gymnastics Championships over the weekend.

Douglas’ Swarovski-outlined outfit will feature the Hebrew word “Elohim,” meaning God, on its left sleeve. The Hebrew detailing honors the athlete’s “rich heritage of faith,” according to apparel manufacturer GK Elite, which produced the leotard and released a preview of it on Wednesday. The company said Douglas’ sister, Joyelle “Joy” Douglas, created the Hebrew design.

The outcome of the P&G Championships will help determine if Douglas will compete as part of Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In her memoir, In Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, which was released in 2012, Douglas wrote that her family “practiced some of the Jewish traditions.” The 20-year-old said that the participation in Judaism began with her mother, Natalie Hawkins, and maternal grandmother. Douglas’ grandmother occasionally prepared kosher meals for the family and Hawkins studied Hebrew, according to Jewish culture website Jewcy.com. Douglas also wrote about the year she spent going to synagogue in Norfolk, VA, and observing the Sabbath, though not strictly, because she had gymnastics practice on Saturdays.

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  • Jennifer

    Not surprised that shes doing this. Afterall, according to Deut 28, she is Israel by blood.

  • limmuwd

    Hebrews 8:6

    For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

    All praises to YAHAWAH bahasham YAHAWASHI

  • Blessings

    The scripture says do not bow down to any graven image. Gabby, Elohim will not punish you for failing to bow down and give reverence to an object. How can we be a one nation under God, yet create a climate of hatred for one who abides by Elohim’s law on Idolatory, which is an abomination. Gabby, in that aspect you have truly pleased Elohim. People at the end of time you will not be judged on man’s creation “race/color”, terms used to create biases between mankind (white, red, yellow, black). Let us all walk in Righteousness, peace and harmony as expected by Elohim. Stop feeding off of the adversaries (media’s) lies, deception, and ploy to create a divide between athletes. To Gabby, Shabbat Shalom and may the Blessing of Yah be upon you.

  • ursula y nelon

    The Hebrews of the Bible were negro. Anyone with an ounce on intelligence knows the truth. We so called African Americans here in the USA are the true Hebrews. I am Hebrew Israelite and I know it. So it doesn’t matter how Europeans try and erase the truth, it always manages to surface. Lol! In y’all faces.

  • African Man

    No! Gabby is not Jewish she is Hebrew and you racist Jews or Jesuits need to mind your business because if the truth about us original chosen people of Yah often you just know that more is to come. How long do you actually that you can keep our heritage away from us ? Your blessings and riches come from our disobedience and now ignorance since you fed us that jesus crap through slavery. Keep your mouths quiet and learn to love and maybe our Father will forgive what your ancestors have done.

  • Dwain Virgil

    SHE IS Israel….!!!!!!!

  • Yawan Yasharahla

    She understands her true history. The Israelites of the bible we the same blacks shipped here from Africa. Glad she stands for her heritage. Jewish is means to be something like a jew. Which is exactly what them Jewish ppl in Israel are. Rev2:9 & Rev3:9. The real israelites are waking up and spreading truth. Qam Yasharahla and much respect to Gabby Douglas for standing for truth!

  • Michaela Fevrier

    HasHem created all of us as his children. Its doesn’t matter what color we are. Im black and a Jew. Enough of the color non sense if you love HasHem we must respect each and everyone has his children failure to do so is saying that is work is nt done properly. As a jew our main responsabilty is to make the world a better place and make sure we practice the law according to the will of the L-ord.
    Some of us are in a such denial and forgot that humanity start in Africa.

  • Are you kidding me

    This is ridiculous. Gabby Douglas is not Jewish and this is all part of the fictional Gabby story her mother has cooked up to promote her image in a certain way. Everyone in gymnastics knows they are full of it.

    • The Chosen One

      Your right gabby is NOT jewish because She is The Original JEW Which comes from Judah. Do The “jewish” people history they come from nations that are closer to russian and slovs than they are to the natural race people of africa.

    • Your right, she’s not “Jewish” she’s an actual Jew! By blood not by conversion.

      • Ronen Tribe of Judah!

        That’s right! We Israelites are WAKING UP as YAH has proclaimed us to do before the return of Yahshua! He is on his way! My people are waking up! The Awakening of Judah!!!!! God YAH’s jewels!!!!

    • Disciple Of Yahoshua

      Everyone Grab a KING JAMES BIBLE:

      BLACK SKIN in the Bible:

      Job 30:30
      Lamentations 5:10
      Song of Solomon 1:5-6
      Revelation 1:14-15

      Deuteronomy 28:15-68 (Curses of Disobedience)
      Scattered to All Nations. (28:64)
      As SLAVES (Egypt = House of Bondage). By SHIP. (28:68)

      We are the People of Prophecy. All Afro-Americans scattered by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade are Israelites of the Tribe of Judah (Yahudah).

      Obey Christ. Obey the Torah. You are a KINGDOM OF PRIESTS. Called to be an EXAMPLE of Christ to the WORLD. Rise up, Israel. LEAD this world SPIRITUALLY. It’s time.

    • Rachel Wimbish

      Gabby and all the rest of the so call African American are Israel we are the true chosen if you don’t fit the curses you cant be the people. We bow and give our alignments to the Most High only

  • American Jew

    Gabby is NOT Jewish.

    The original article makes this very clear. Her family dabbled with some Jewish customs in the past. That is nice and sweet, but that doesn’t make one Jewish. The correct term is philo-Semite.

    “Unlike a New York Times trend story about faux mitzvahs, Douglas’ participation in Judaism does not seem to have been rooted in materialism and consumption. Nor was it just about Jewish culture and matzoh ball soup, though that is certainly part of the appeal. Like a lot of Jewish kids, Douglas rhapsodizes about her mother’s version of Jewish penicillin, stating that it was doled out as a prize for good grades—and, in her case, good scores in competition. However, she also recounts the year she spent going to synagogue, at Temple Israel in Norfolk, VA, and observing the Sabbath, if not strictly because she had gymnastics practice on Saturdays. (Gyms tend to be closed on Sundays.)”

    The Jewish exploration, however earnest, ends as abruptly as it begins and never resurfaces again. But the discussion of faith ramps up thereafter, especially as the Olympics near and the young gymnast faces competitive pressure and homesickness while training far from her family. Hawkins, Douglas’ siblings, and her host mother dispense with New Testament quotes that inspire the athlete as she trains for the biggest contest in gymnastics.

    In the short section about Judaism there is far less discussion of belief, which is due, at least in part, to the fact that she remains Christian and never expresses any desire to convert. And perhaps it’s because Jews don’t speak about God and beliefs in the same way that some Christians do. (Jews often don’t know what other Jews believe. During college, a frum friend of mine told me that you didn’t have to believe in God to be Orthodox, though it certainly helps make all of the rules seem less onerous if you do.) Though Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles of Faith appear in most Jewish siddurim at the end of shacharit, they are often treated as an afterthought, not the main event, after the long slog of davening. Unlike her spiritual expression of her Christianity, Douglas’ exploration of Judaism is mostly ritual and action-based.

    • Gabby G

      For your information Israelites pre date Judaism. Judaism is a religion but being a Hebrew Israelite is a race and culture . The world sees the Jews as the chosen people but those chosen ones stole the identity of a race of people who are now waking up to their true identify and the Most High Yah will redeem us.

      • Gabby G

        I know Jews who eat pork and work on Shabbat , do so are they still Jewish or not ? I guarantee those Jews don’t do everything by the book

      • Truth

        Truth spoken. The chosen people are Hebrew; not Jew. People are duped into believing they are synonymous. Gabby is an Hebrew Israylite, a descendant of the true people of the book. Deut 28 describes exactly who these people are today. Hallelu’Yah the world is unfolding Yah’s truth

        • Yawan Yasharahla

          100 truth over lies Qam Yasharahla!

    • REAL HEBREW

      Oh shut up….I bet you’re not even a Jew! You probably don’t practice it and just feel the need to prove something!! News flash buddy REAL Jews aren’t white!!

      • Peace

        Jewish people have no set color. You can be white, tan, black, red, olive, light skin, black, dark black, or you could be blue for all I know. The color of your skin does not determine your religion so don’t base your argument around race because it holds no ground. And I AM an Orthodox Jew who knows the Torah like the back of her hand.

    • Dianajudith

      You are correct.. She’s not Jewish.. She is an Israelite, her and her family.. Descendants of Deut.28.. All of it.. And so I..

    • Diana

      Judaism, Jewish all imposters.. And you know it..

  • Yaakov

    I guess this is what is meant by “wearing your religion on your sleeve.”

  • Mireille Mechoullam

    That’s what call a proud Jew. Gabby, keep the good work. When you respect yourself you get respect from your surrounding. We Jews, need more models like you.

    I take this opportunity to wish you success in the US National Championship Competition.

    Shabbat Shalom,

    Mireille

    • Uriyah Ben Yaakov

      64 And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.

      65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:

      66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:

      67 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

      68 And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.

      Now please tell me who the real jews are? Who are of shem and the seed of Abraham? What people have gone into slavery on ships ass verse 68 stated would happen?

      Get real and lets put to rest the Ham theory. Ham & Shem was dark and looked similar as Noah passed as a hamite. Just because you’re black doesn’t mean you are the same people or of the same seed.

      Scripture and secular history places who theseed of gods people are and your best start being fair to us because we are awakening to who we are…once we do and fall back into gods will and covenant this entire system is going to reverse…….

      Again….Revelations….

      2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

      3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved the.

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