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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 […]
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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 […]
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With 62 million people having viewed the Queen’s Gambit now on Netflix, the long-beloved and admired game is back in the spotlight. From its origins in 5th century India and its spread to the Middle East, to modern-day yeshiva chess clubs around the world, Orthodox Jews have long-loved the strategy-based […]
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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 […]
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“Once, in Germany, I walked three hours in the snow [on Shabbos]. When I got to the competition, I was like a snowman. Two minutes after [I got there,] they called me to the fight. I [won!]”   Editor – Elie Gabor elie@eliecreative.com The post Meet Bat El Gatterer, First […]
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How the Pittsburgh Shooting Inspired Me to Put On a Kippah You can’t hide what they hate about you — so I won’t either. Rather, I will joyously celebrate life and my Jewish identity, and I will fight for a world free of bigotry, regardless of who is attacked. And […]
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Thanks to her humble beginnings on Barbie rollerblades, Orthodox Jewish Aliza Hiller is defying stereotypes as an ice hockey player in a competitive women’s league. As a kid, she actively played basketball, softball, and floor hockey, but competitive ice hockey was not an obvious passion, rather she says, “I grew […]
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As Israel’s Olympic skeleton athlete and current head of development for the Israeli bobsled and skeleton team, I often explain that Skeleton is perhaps the most dangerous of Olympic sports. If you have lived a life without any fear and want to go experience a taste, you need only go […]
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Since 2004, obstacle-course racing (OCR) has exploded in popularity with an estimated 7 million participants in 30 countries pushing human limits as they carry rocks, climb under barbed wire, throw spears, and do burpees on courses up to 30 miles long! It’s the perfect setting for a nice Orthodox Jewish […]
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While some people might think that Orthodox Jewish girls are all proper and demure, 13 year Yakira “Kira” Hoffer, would better be described as exuberant and daring. This past fall Rachel Goldzal created quite a buzz by winning Chopped Junior. This Saturday night, Kira Hoffer will be the latest religious Jewish teen […]
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