(Israel National News) An 11-year-old Jewish girl opted out of competing in the 2012 U.S. National Table Tennis Championships because the final match fell out on Shabbat.

Estee Ackerman told The New York Post that she was greatly disappointed to see that her match would be taking place on December 21, a Friday night, and therefore would not be able to compete.

“[O]f course I’m disappointed,” she told the paper, adding that she practiced and trained for six months to prepare for the competition.


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