Rabbi Rolls with the Punches

Former WBA Champion, Yuri Foreman, Shares Religious and Professional Journey with Students To a rapt audience on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus, former World Boxing Association champion Yuri Foreman described his earliest memory of Israel as a ten-year-old oleh [immigrant to Israel]: “The door opened on the plane and this fascinating scent of Israel came in, […]

From Matzo Balls to Base Ball

Seder and Sports: No Problem for Jewish New York Fans, Says Jeffrey Gurock As someone who has frequently been righteously critical of the world of sports for holding games on central Jewish holidays and gratified when recent protests have led the Lord of Athletics to change the starting times of games to permit Jews to […]

Balancing Religious Faith and Sports

Jeffrey Gurock Discusses the Conflict Observant Athletes Face when Choosing Between their Religion and Competition When 7-year-old Amalya Knapp took the beam at the New Jersey state gymnastics finals last month, her excellent performance symbolized a far more complicated balancing act. Although she would have ranked fifth in her age group, eligible for a medal, […]