November 5th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Germany's first female rabbi since WWII

Alina Treiger, 31, became the first female rabbi in Germany since World War II with her ordination Thursday, the German news outlet The Local reported.

Treiger, who was born in Ukraine but moved to Berlin, Germany, in 2001, was ordained before an audience that included 30 prominent rabbis from around the world, some of whom are women, the report said.

Treiger will lead the Jewish communities in the cities of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony but will not be recognized as a rabbi by Orthodox Jews, who reject the ordination of women, according to The Local.

Regina Jonas, the last woman to be ordained a rabbi in Germany, died in 1944 at Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp in Poland, the report said.

Generous lottery winners

A Canadian couple who won an $11 million lottery jackpot say they're "just country hicks" who really don't need that kind of money, so they've given most of it away, The Canadian Press reported.

Allen and Violet Large have been married for 36 years, live in a 147-year-old house in Lower Truro, Nova Scotia, drive a 1987 Dodge Diplomat and say they don't need much else, according to Canadian media reports.

"We have each other that's the main thing. We don't live in a modern house or have new cars, no fandangle things. You're born with nothing, you're going to die the same way," Violet told The Canadian Press.

The bulk of the money has gone to more than 70 charities, including churches, fire departments and hospitals. They kept 2 percent about $220,000 to tide them over and give a little something to relatives, media reports say.

"We were sitting quite well before we ever won this money. We weren't millionaires, but we were well to do,"  Allen Large, 75, told The Canadian Press.

Violet Large, 78, is recovering from chemotherapy for ovarian cancer, but the couple said they knew the money couldn't help her health, the CBC reported. And without it to worry about, she can concentrate on recovering.

"It could be worse because I'm not bedfast, and I haven't been sick to my stomach, so I'm very fortunate," she told the CBC.  "We made the donations, which really has perked us up."

And it seems they just enjoy playing the lottery. They said they'll still be buying tickets, the CBC said.

A true 'Survivor'

Ethan Zohn, a former professional soccer player and winner of "Survivor: Africa" in 2002, will run the New York City Marathon this weekend as a cancer survivor, the New York Daily News reports.

Zohn was diagnosed with a rare form of Hodgkin's Lymphoma in April 2009 but was declared cancer free in May of this year, according to the newspaper.

He and his 49 teammates are running this weekend to help fight another disease HIV/AIDS, the Daily News said. They hope to raise $200,000 for Zohn's GrassrootSoccer, which teaches soccer professionals in Africa how to educate kids about HIV through soccer drills, the paper reported.

"I realize every step I'm taking and the pounding on the pavement is not just for me. It's for all the people who have been through cancer and all the kids in Africa who are dying of AIDS. I'm not just running for myself," he told the Daily News.

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Today

    These two can co-author "Lottery for Dummies" cause that's what they are.

    November 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gosh

    How can you possibly twist the good actions of these two people here?

    What possible negative incentive could they have for giving away their money? It can only cost them.

    And how does this indicate a lack of intelligence? If you think life is to achieve a certain object, your life really is pointless. Objects mean nothing. It is only the experience of pursuing something that is of value.
    These two enjoy playing the lottery. They don't want the money, but they enjoying the act of pursuing it.

    Indeed, they seem to know more of the big picture of life than the average CEO on Wall Street.

    All immoral people, since they believe that morality can't exist, think all good people are hypocrites. If one was study the responses of the people here, it would be interesting to see whether those who supported the couples actions were in general more moral, than those who jeered at them, and thus happier.

    November 5, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gosh

    If you think I'm wrong, feel free to let me know. But please be specific. Hopefully this discussion can be a mature one so that the real truth of the issue can come out.

    November 5, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smokey

    There's a lot of good people in the world and it's nice to hear about some of them once in a while. More news should be like this.

    November 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Harm

    As someone from Canada, we are just as blown away with this sort of generosity here north of the border as well. It should be noted that this speaks more to the character of the people (funding for healthcare aside – and we don't have a 100% funded healthcare system. Having cancer here in Canada can also mean being out of pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars as well depending on what kind of medication or other expenses incurred etc...). It is an eye opener how the responses to the news of two very generous people who seem to understand that money can't buy happiness (even though for the people who feel that they felt they could have done a better job with these winnings) can have such a hateful and vile response from so many people (even here in Canada). We need more people with hearts of giving like Allen and Violet.

    November 6, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Walter

    Danke für den Post! :)

    July 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
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