Yeshiva University’s First March Madness & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

The Israeli Tech Guru Who Helps Start-ups Without Asking Anything in Return
Hillel Fuld is a “macher,” which is Yiddish for “a man who arranges, fixes and makes connections,” and therefore knows almost everyone in Israeli hi-tech. Fuld is an axle, among many others, in the Israeli wheel known as the “Start-up Nation” – home to some 5,000 start-ups and with the third most number of companies listed on NASDAQ after China and the US. Functioning as a gatekeeper of sorts, Fuld has screened thousands of Israeli start-ups, offering a stamp of approval along with unsolicited advice and mentorship.

Yeshiva University Men’s Basketball Team Qualifies For NCAA Division III Tournament
The Yeshiva University men’s basketball team has earned its first berth in the NCAA Division III basketball tournament. On Sunday, the Maccabees defeated Purchase College, 87-81, in Purchase, New York, to win the Skyline Conference championship and earn an automatic berth into the national tournament.

Nissim Baruch Black: The Rapper Who Gave Up Bling For Jewish Redemption
Once he rapped about gangs, guns and drugs. But since swapping his gold jewellery for a black hat, the message of Nissim Baruch Black’s music has been one of hope and redemption. Black, who was selling drugs in Seattle by the age of 12, now lives in the most uncompromising ultra-orthodox Jewish area of Jerusalem as a devout family man who reads the Torah, keeps kosher and strictly observes the sabbath.

Why The Kosher Market is Growing 13% Per Year
New research from Absolute Reports has revealed that the global kosher food market will be maintaining an annual average growth rate of 13.09% by 2017-2021. So what’s driving the ever-expanding kosher market?

Modern Orthodox Rabbis Endorse Organ Donation As a Mitzvah
Leading Modern Orthodox rabbis have issued, for the first time, a strong endorsement of organ donation as a mitzva (positive commandment), inducing Israel Transplant to issue an ADI card and assemble a group of rabbis ready to advise families in the event of lower- brain death. The card is aimed at National Religious and Zionist Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sectors, some of whom have been reluctant to donate organs for transplant. In Israel, Haredi rabbis insist that the heart stops before organs are removed, instead of a cessation of breathing.

Yeshiva University Heads to NCAA Division III Tournament for 1st Time in School History
March Madness is almost here — but for Manhattan’s own Yeshiva University, they’ve already punched their ticket to the Big Dance. The Maccabees made history on Sunday, winning their first-ever Skyline Conference Championship, and are now off to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in the 85-year history of the men’s basketball program.

The Orthodox Jewish College Hoops Team That Has the World’s Attention
On Sunday, Halpert and his teammates made history, leading the Orthodox Jewish institution to its first NCAA Division III Tournament berth courtesy of their Skyline Conference championship. Yeshiva knocked off No. 1 Farmingdale State in the semifinals in overtime, before taking down Purchase College for the title.

How A Hasidic Woman Changed My Life in a Hospital Waiting Room
I went out into the hallway to wait for the girls, and saw a hasidic woman standing by herself. Her name was Chaya, and she was waiting for her husband who was praying with the other men. She was very friendly and I immediately felt like a jerk for stereotyping her.

After Fasting and Before the Sabbath, Yeshiva Debuts in NCAA Tournament
The men’s basketball team at Yeshiva University overcame a bumpy start to its season to become champions for the first time, beating teams from its conference of small colleges in and around New York City and earning a berth in its division’s postseason tournament. The opportunity was one Yeshiva had chased for decades.

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