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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
 
All in the Family: BDS Protests Zabars; Carole Zabar Promotes BDS

April 20, 2014 - 11:09 PM
 
Prayer Request from HaRav Aharon Bina

April 20, 2014 - 5:39 PM
 
Bennett to Abbas: Go Ahead, Make My Day

April 20, 2014 - 4:46 PM
 
Arab Riots Forced Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Family off Temple Mount

April 20, 2014 - 2:27 PM
 
Ukrainian Synagogue Firebombed (Video)

April 20, 2014 - 2:05 PM
 
Hikers Find Human Skull and Bones in Gush Etzion Cave

April 20, 2014 - 8:28 AM
 
U.S., Israel Teaming to Push Israel into Visa Waiver Program

April 18, 2014 - 5:25 PM
 
Report: Lebanese man admits to targeting Israelis in Thailand

April 18, 2014 - 5:22 PM
 
Syrian Jets Strike Targets on Ramat HaGolan

April 18, 2014 - 4:14 PM
 
Chelsea Clinton Pregnant with Non-Jewish Child

April 18, 2014 - 10:58 AM
 
Police Limit Arab Visitors to Temple Mount

April 18, 2014 - 10:18 AM
 
No Gov’t Majority for Pollard-Talks Deal

April 18, 2014 - 10:11 AM
 
Shas Party Appoints New Spiritual Leader

April 18, 2014 - 9:50 AM
 
‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar

April 18, 2014 - 2:19 AM
 
Florida Teen Stabbed in High School Gym

April 17, 2014 - 9:31 PM
 
4 Wounded in Gush Etzion Road Terror Attack

April 17, 2014 - 1:01 PM
 
Arab Violence Closes Temple Mount to Visitors Again

April 17, 2014 - 12:26 PM
 
Jews Ordered to ‘Register’ in Donetsk, Ukraine

April 17, 2014 - 11:41 AM
 
Indyk Returns to Raise the Dead (Israel-PA Talks)

April 17, 2014 - 10:14 AM
 
Funeral of Baruch Mizrachi (Photo Essay)

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Richie Scheinblum
 

Well-Traveled Ballplayers

Posted on: April 9th, 2014

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Even if a player reaches the big league level, there's still no guarantee he'll remain with one team for long. Former Jewish outfielder Richie Scheinblum comes to mind.

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Baseball-Insider
 

2014 Preview

Posted on: March 13th, 2014

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The snow has melted in most parts of the country and here in Florida, where I have my winter dugout in the Orthodox enclave of Century Village in West Palm Beach, I had the opportunity to take in several spring training games.

Victor Zalta poses with Hank Greenberg in 1946 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
 

Victor Zalta’s Unforgettable Encounter

Posted on: February 13th, 2014

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If you're visiting spring training sites, Arizona has two advantages – fewer games are rained out and the facilities are much closer to each other than is the case in Florida.

Scott Lipsky
 

Lipsky Fights To Semifinals In Mixed Doubles At Australian Open

Posted on: January 29th, 2014

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Favored to win his match, Lipsky fell in two tough sets to an Austrian-Romanian duo. After flying to the opposite side of the world, losing a first round match was not the best result.

Ike Davis is one of only a handful of MLB players with a Jewish mother.
 

Random Thoughts between Seasons

Posted on: January 15th, 2014

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There were 15 Jews in the major leagues during the 2013 season, but only a few from a Jewish mother.

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Fifty years ago Stan Musial (left) was in the final season of an illustrious career with the St. Lois Cardinals while former Brooklyn Dodger Duke Snider was playing his only season in a New York Mets uniform.
 

Stan Musial Gentleman Hero

Posted on: December 12th, 2013

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Musial told the taunted Jackie Robinson: "I want you to know that I'm not like many of the other guys on my team."

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Lipman Pike
 

Lipman Pike: First Jewish Baseball Hero

Posted on: November 6th, 2013

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Brooklyn native Lipman Pike was one of baseball's earliest paid players.

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Barney Dreyfuss
 

The Jewish Father Of The World Series

Posted on: October 9th, 2013

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The World Series was born 110 years ago. So were the New York Yankees, as New York inherited the remnants of the old Baltimore Orioles, a charter member of the new American League that was formed in 1901. A year later the team was headed to last place and bankruptcy. Manager John McGraw jumped to the National League New York Giants to assume the same position and brought some Orioles players with him.

 

New Year, More Progress In Jewish Tennis

Posted on: October 9th, 2013

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Prior to the summer, Jewish tennis had been characterized by the men who performed well on the big stages, including Dudi Sela, Canadian Jesse Levine, Amir Weintraub and doubles stars Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

Hank Greenberg was a hero to Jews and other minorities.
 

Eighty Years Ago On Two Sides Of The Atlantic

Posted on: September 11th, 2013

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Rewind eight decades to 1933. That year marked the rise of the greatest villain of our time and the biggest Jewish sports hero of all time.

Ron Blomberg poses for Irwin Cohen at Yankee Stadium in 1973.
 

Designated Hebrew

Posted on: August 7th, 2013

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The year 1973 was an interesting one indeed. Forty years ago, the Conservative movement’s commission on law and standards adopted a new regulation admitting women into the traditional minyan.

Murray Asher Franklin
 

Saluting Murray Franklin

Posted on: July 10th, 2013

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"I had to grow a tough little hide as everybody was fair game to be razzed and needled."

Herb Gorman
 

The Tragedy Of Herb Gorman

Posted on: June 19th, 2013

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Rewind sixty years to 1953. Television was considered kosher by most and featured the likes of Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, George Burns, Red Buttons, Perry Como, Arthur Godfrey, Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger, Dinah Shore, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, Jack Webb as Joe Friday on “Dragnet” and many others who provided great memories.

Baseball-Insider
 

If You Like My Column, You’ll Love My Book

Posted on: April 10th, 2013

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Let me tell you about my new book. Like you, I’m interested in Jewish baseball players and Jewish history. So, after years of research, first-hand observations and interviews, I combined the aforementioned information from the post-civil war era to the present and came up with a book titled Jewish History in the Time of Baseball's Jews: Life on Both Sides of the Ocean.

The left field scoreboard at Detroit’s Comerica Park should show a lot of runs for the Tigers in 2013.
 

2013 Crystal Ball

Posted on: March 6th, 2013

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Many of the baseball beat writers feel the Detroit Tigers are the best team in the major leagues. While I haven't seen all of the pre-season articles, the ones I have read pick the Tigers to top the Central division in the American League.

Gil Hodges as a Brooklyn Dodger and as manager of the New York Mets.
 

Brooklyn Dodger Memories

Posted on: February 6th, 2013

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A few months ago I wrote about the passing of my brother-in-law, Rabbi Shmuel Kunda, z”l, and how he never got around to a project I urged him to take on. I wanted him to title it "Boruch Goes to Ebbets Field" and tell the story of how Boruch bonds with Brooklyn's beloved Dodgers – with Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges and the rest. (The Duke was my brother-in-law's favorite.)

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Louisiana Super Bowl Game to Serve Kosher Grub

Posted on: January 31st, 2013

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Though the permissibility of watching hired sports players go to battle in a large stadium is a source of controversy amongst Torah observant Jews, the food being served at the upcoming Super Bowl games in New Orleans is not.

Kevin Youkilis
 

Speaking Of Jewish Ballplayers…

Posted on: January 16th, 2013

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Last season the Philadelphia Phillies had a Rosenberg, the St. Louis Cardinals had a Rosenthal, and the Arizona Diamondbacks had a Goldschmidt.

Myron (Joe) Ginsberg
 

Those Who Left Us

Posted on: December 12th, 2012

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As of early December, some 72 former major leaguers had died in 2012. The number is much higher than any of us would have guessed.

Baseball's postseason provided an economical boost for downtown Detroit.
 

Another Season In The Books/A Remarkable Brother-In-Law

Posted on: November 7th, 2012

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What an unusual postseason it was. The Yankees looked inept against the ferocious Tigers and the Tigers in turn looked toothless against the San Francisco Giants as they were swept in the World Series.

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