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Orthodox Jewish Baseball Star, Elie Kligman, Featured In The New York Times

Switch-hitter Elie Kligman from Las Vegas is a teen all-star, destined perhaps for college greatness before the major leagues. While his being strictly shomer Shabbat could possibly make those aspirations non-starters, his faith and commitment to his observance is an honorable inspiration. Even in the face of a possible multi-million dollar signing bonus, Kligman asserts […]

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If Every Jew Dressed Orthodox, This Would Happen to Antisemitic Incidents

David Baddiel’s book, Jews Don’t Count, sets up the argument that Jews are never given the same consideration as other minorities or ethnicities. But secular Jews don’t acknowledge that the majority of this prejudice is towards Orthodox Jews, who experience more attacks, both verbal and physical, than any other Jews. Because so many Jews today […]

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Study Shows Orthodox Jews Less Impacted by Stress-Related Weight Gain

A study just published in the Journal of Religion and Health shows that maintaining a religiously based or faith-based lifestyle provides protection against stress-related weight gain. Because following one’s faith necessitates self-regulation and self-control, religious individuals may be more inclined to control what one eats, including limiting snacking, even in the face of crisis. Titled […]

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Is Ryan Turell Going to Be the First Orthodox Jewish NBA Star?

Although he could have gone to many Division I schools, current Yeshiva University student Ryan Turell chose YU’s basketball program after graduating from LA’s Valley Torah High School because it met his religious needs. (He turned down a scholarship to West Point due to mandatory Shabbos training.) Having brought YU to the NCAA’s Sweet Sixteen […]

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Meet the Haredi Comedy Duo Going Viral on YouTube

While they originally wrote their skits for a Haredi fanbase, comedians Efi Skakovsky and Meni Wakshtock have met mass appeal with secular Israelis as well. Destroying all preconceived notions of how serious Haredim can be, the duo known as the Hebrew word for Chaos, Bardak are making friends and fans throughout the Hebrew-speaking world. With […]

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