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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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The YU Macs: Yeshiva University Basketball Team’s Modern Day Miracle

For the past eight days, Jews around the world have been publicizing the Chanukah miracle. But when it comes to getting the world excited about the Maccabees, no one does that better than Akiva Poppers. “It’s the ultimate underdog story,” proclaims Poppers. But Poppers isn’t just talking about the ancient Maccabees. Poppers is the voice […]

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Frum Man Brings Llama to His Sister’s Wedding & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Faith Before Basketball For Yeshiva University Champions Yeshiva University’s basketball team can’t play on the Sabbath, on Jewish Holidays or fast days. They’ve also faced anti-Semitic taunts and ethnic slurs from opponents and spectators. But they continue to beat their rivals, many proudly wearing the skullcap that identifies them as Jewish. Modern Orthodox Jewish Couples […]

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YU’s Nationally Ranked Basketball Team & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

Yeshiva U Men’s Basketball Earns First National US Ranking The Yeshiva University’s men’s basketball team has been ranked in the US’s Division III Top 25 for the first time. In the D3hoops.com’s poll, released Monday, the Maccabees are ranked No. 24, one spot ahead of Brandeis, a Jewish-sponsored, nonsectarian research university. Toronto Charity Creates Robot […]

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