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NBA Star Amar’e Stoudemire’s Brooklyn Pesach

Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has relocated to Brooklyn to help coach the Nets, but that’s not stopping him from having a traditional Pesach at home with his children. Between a rigorous schedule of Gemara study, prayer and attending player practices and games, Stoudemire’s days are full, with Passover preparations notwithstanding. He says, “I think […]

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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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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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YU’s Maccabees Haven’t Lost an NCAA Basketball Game Since 2019

The Division III Yeshiva University Maccabees might not play on Shabbos, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming the hottest squad in college hoops, having won 35 consecutive games despite Covid. In the three top divisions of NCAA sports, no team has a current winning streak as long as they do. Despite many setbacks, restrictions […]

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Brooklyn Nets Accommodate Amar’e Stoudemire’s Shabbos Observance

Former NBA All-Star for the Phoenix Suns, Amar’e Stoudemire, made headlines recently with his high-profile conversion to Orthodox Judaism and Israeli team ownership. He is doing so again now as the Brooklyn Nets’ new assistant player development coach, whose request to not work on Shabbos has been granted by the team. The Nets considered this […]

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