Article - Maccabiah
The l0th Maccabiah was held at a difficult time in the history of the Jewish people and the Jewish State, when Zionism and Judaism were defending themselves against the vicious and hate-inspired attacks of great and powerful groups of nations; when attempts were made to expel Israel from the international sporting community-when international sport was becoming inextricably involved with politics.
For all of these reasons, the leaders of Maccabi decided to turn the l0th Games into a "davke" Maccabiah-an "even though ... " Maccabiah - a Maccabiah which would give Jewish youth from all the world the opportunity to demonstrate that the Jewish nation is one strong people and that the sporting spirit holds sway on the track, in the arena and on the field. It was to be an opportunity for Jewish youth to prove that it was fully prepared to meet the challenges facing the Jewish people.
The "10th Maccabiah" stamps depict three different branches of sport:
PUTTING THE SHOT
A branch of athletics originating in England developed from the ancient custom of throwing heavy stones.
A branch of wrestling originating in Japan where it is one of the most commonly practiced types of self-defense. This sport was included in the Olympics for the first time in 1964.
A branch of sport which grew out of demonstrations of old-style dueling. Three different weapons are used - foil (men and women); epee and saber (men only). Fencing has been part of the Olympic program ever since the Games were revived in 1896. This has always been a branch of sport in which large numbers of Jews excelled.