July 12, 2012, - 4:09 pm

Strongest Girl in the World is Orthodox Jewish American – VIDEO

By Debbie Schlussel

Who says Jews are weak?

Naomi Kutin shows that stereotype is just that. She’s presumably the strongest girl in the world and can lift twice her weight, even though she’s only in Sixth Grade. She’s just 10 years old and does not compete on the Jewish Sabbath. She’s beaten many people much older than her.

The strongest girl in the world is an Orthodox Jewish 10-year-old from Fair Lawn, N.J.


Naomi Kutin, a soon-to-be sixth-grader at the Yeshivat Noam day school in Paramus, can lift more than twice her own 99 pounds. In January she set a world record for women in her weight class (then 97 pounds), beating competitors decades older than her to squat 214.9 pounds at a meet in Corpus Christi, Texas. On the first Sunday in July, she established two regional records for her age group, with a 199.5-pound squat and a 209.4-pound deadlift.

But ask Naomi about her powerlifting prowess — unusual for a 10-year-old and virtually unheard of for an Orthodox girl — and she’ll just say this: “It’s kind of weird being stronger than an adult.”

Naomi, who is 4 feet 9 inches tall with a sturdy figure and a sandy blond pageboy haircut, practices lifting in the basement of her family’s two-story home, where a handwritten “No Fear” sign hangs next to a white porcelain mezuza. A recent practice session there provided a tableau of a Sunday afternoon in the life of an observant Jewish family surely like no other . . . .The Kutin family competes “raw” — that is, without supportive clothes.

When Naomi was 8 years old, her parents brought her to her first meet, in Clearfield, Pa. She lifted 148 pounds, setting her first national record. Today, her purple-painted bedroom is dotted with medals; a shelf of trophies overflows onto a pile of stuffed animals.

The Kutins are Modern Orthodox Jews — he [father, Ed Kutin] became religious as an adult, while she [mother, Neshama Kutin] converted from Christianity. They refrain from competing or practicing on the Sabbath. . . . At most two-day powerlifting meets, women and adolescents compete on Saturdays and men compete on Sundays. Because the Kutins won’t participate on the Sabbath, Naomi must lift at the Sunday meets, which are typically filled with muscle-bound, tattooed men. But she isn’t intimidated. “They are an unusual look for us,” Neshama Kutin said. “It’s not like you go to synagogue and see that.”

Very cool. Yasher Kochech [Hebrew for "May Your Strength Grow"], Naomi.

Reader Ari notes that she carries on in a long tradition of Jewish weightlifting champs, including Joe Greenstein. And the article notes another:

Scot Mendelson, who grew up in Brooklyn and lives in Glen Valley, Calif., holds several world records for bench pressing. In one competition, he lifted 1,030 pounds. Mendelson is the grandson of Morris Reif, the Jewish boxer known as the “Bronxville Bomber.”

So, anyone who buys into the old stereotype regarding weak Jews just isn’t paying attention. Or is only paying attention to the weak-minded liberal Jews who deign to speak and act for the rest of us, when they do not.

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30 Responses

Cool.

Worry on July 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

May G-d raise up modern day Sampsons.

John on July 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Naomi is more than impressive, squatting 214.9 pounds. I squat at a peak of about 310 pounds for 8 reps, but that is only after doing years of this stuff. But Naomi is only 10 years old! I hope that she has a good trainer, because when you lift at the serious levels she’s doing for her weight and class, injuries can happen if the body is pushed to far. Given what she’s accomplished so far, I’d bet that she has a great trainer.

Ralph Adamo on July 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Jewish cunt.

Pizda on July 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Polack Pizda, she’ll kick your ass any day of the week. You can’t shove this one into the oven so easily.

    What happens to the all of the foreskins that are cut off from Jewish male babies?

    They plant them in Poland and grow Polacks.

    Jonathan E. Grant on July 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      LOL!!! Finally a goog new pollack joke!!!

      John on July 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Jonathan,

      After you finish with this puke I will piss on him.

      Fred on July 12, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      She’s gross!

      Shame on her parents for encouraging this crap. Allowing her to put THAT amount of stress on her undeveloped body will undoubtedly result in significant medical issues. Not to mention destroying her social life for being a pig

      daniel stein on July 15, 2012 at 2:40 am

    She’s lovely and adorable!

    And Pizda, she is not a c**t. Go look in the mirror and you’ll see an evil c**t thou’. In fact, every time you see your reflection you’ll see an evil “see you next Tuesday”.

    Skunky on July 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      He is the product of two many first cousin marriages, and that manifests itself in his overall mental development. Islam does indeed promote infantile behavior.

      Worry on July 13, 2012 at 6:41 am

    To Pizda: Suffering from ‘premature articulation’, maybe Tourette’s will follow this masterful outpouring of sewerage sniping and fix your mental disorder.

    Now in pure Noddy language to suit your IQ. When you point a finger at someone else, you’ve got 4 fingers coming back at you.This information is gratis. Use it wisely and don’t be a fool all your life.

    Eyes Wide Open on July 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    We would appreciate all Polish comments in English. Try again Pizda.

    Warrior Woman on July 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Hey Pizda I’ll bet Naomi could kick your sorry butt all the way back to Polackaville.

    Why don’t polacks tell each other knock knock jokes? Because they hurt each other from repeated hits to the head.

    Ken b on July 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Wow Pizda, you sure are tough on little girls. Were you showing your manhood just now? Naomi Kutin has accomplished more in her short ten years than you could probably hope to accomplish in two life times.

    Your crude and childish insults show us what you are, rather than detract from what Naomi Kutin has accomplished.

    Worry on July 13, 2012 at 6:38 am

At last the U.S. will get a gold in Olympic women’s weightlifting (the one in 2000 does’nt count)!

Ramjordan on July 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    She does powerlifting which is not in the olympics. Weightlifting (snatch and cleann&jerk) is what is done in the olympics. Two completely different sports.

    o-lifter on February 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Oh my gosh, how impressive!

Michelle on July 12, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Now that I think about it the gold in 2000 does count.

Ramjordan on July 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

and on a lighter note:
“Saudi Arabia announced Thursday it will send women to the London Olympics”
…will it be the first Olympics to include handicap points for Burqas?

theShadow on July 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Ha, ha, good one. The announcement came late because the Saudi Arabian electrolysis departments were busy getting rid of beards and moustaches.

    Light Foot on July 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

This is not all that unusual. There have been some other great Jewish weightlifters, including Gary Gubner (also a world-class shotputter in the early ’60’s) and the incomparable Isaac Berger, often called the strongest man in the world, pound for pound.

There is also the legend of Siegmund “Zishe” Breitbart, a strongman and carnival performer of the early 20th century. He was the subject of Werner Herzog’s 2001 film, Invincible.

BethesdaDog on July 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Actually, the two I mentioned above, Berger and Gubner, are weightlifters, not powerlifters. Naomi is apparently a powerlifter. I don’t even think they do powerlifting in the Olympics, do they?

Scot Mendelson is one of the strongest men in the world, holding one of several powerlifting bench press records: the unassisted (raw)bench press, at 715 pounds. Unassisted means he does not use a special lifting shirt. His best in the assisted is 1030 pounds. I think the current record is 1075.

When I read up on Mendelson a couple of years ago I read about a woman with a Jewish name who was a very good powerlifter. I don’t remember her name. I think she was from Ohio.

BethesdaDog on July 12, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I wonder what her Bat Mitzvah would be like.

I can think of one other name in Hebraic heftitude…

GOLDBERG!

The Reverend Jacques on July 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Great video and adorable girl.

DS_ROCKS! on July 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

Not to take away from the sarcastic drivel that I’ve seen so far regarding this piece, I have a 14 y.o. girl at home and I was advised not to let a child indulge in weight lifting sports until they are older because weight lifting is not good for growing bones. Anyone remember the uproar about Richard Sandrak a few years back? I’m not taking away from this girl’s abilities – more power to her! (Pun intended.) However, I hope parent’s are wise in consulting with their pediatrician about these types of sports. Being female and having carried 4 children, I can’t sneeze without making a mad dash to the potty so I hope that they are being very careful.

Kristy on July 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

    And in a girl, it stops menstrual cycles or in this case, puberty. It totally upsets the estrogen/androgen balance. If you want to stop making girly men, stop making manny girls.

    Italkit on July 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

…”It’s go time!!!”

(Deb – your post immediately made me think of weightlifting octogenariun Izzy Mandelbaum [Lloyd Bridges] in the Seinfeld episode ‘The English Patient’)

Nick Fury on July 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

Kol haKavod, Naomi!

Amazing strength. I just worry that she is lifting too much weight for her age.

lauren on July 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

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