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Designated Hebrew

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.

Saluting Murray Franklin

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

The Tragedy Of Herb Gorman

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.

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

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.

2013 Crystal Ball

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.

Brooklyn Dodger Memories

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.)

Louisiana Super Bowl Game to Serve Kosher Grub

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.

Speaking Of Jewish Ballplayers…

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

Those Who Left Us

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.

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

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.

A Happy 90th To Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner turns ninety on the 27th of October. Where have the years gone? Many Jewish Press readers grew up watching Kiner's Korner, the post-game television show featuring yesterday's heroes and the Mets' one-day wonders.

Israel And The World Baseball Classic

For the first time, Israel will participate in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic. That's the good news. The bad news concerns the dates they'll be playing in Florida. Earlier in the year it was thought the early rounds would start in other countries before moving to Florida in November. Assuming Israel would still be in the WBC games, the Florida site would be Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

What I Did On My ‘Mancation’

Last year I told you about my "mancation" (men only) to a city to check out its Jewish community and major league team and ballpark. Last year it was Pittsburgh and Cincinnati; this year's first "mancation" destination was Cleveland.

Meet the Israeli Olympians: Rhythmic Gymnastics – Neta Rivkin

Video: Neta Rivkin, a returning Olympian in rhythmic gymnastics, sees participating in London 2012 and winning a medal as the fulfillment of a long-term dream. Her beautiful yet difficult training sessions show how she is preparing to make her dream come true.

Meet the Israeli Olympians: Sailing – Vered Buskila (Video)

Video: Vered Buskila is competing as a sailor in her third Olympics and dreams of winning a medal this time. Buskila talks of her love for the sport, her desire to compete at the highest level and the balance she must find between sailing and her other career as a lawyer.

Meet the Israeli Olympians: Judo – Arik Ze’evi (Video)

Video: Arik Ze'evi, a Judoka & a writer, is a 4-Time European champion, including the 2012 European Championship. Ze'evi is also the Winner of last year's (2011) Grand Slam in Moscow, and has won a bunch of titles & medals throughout his career, but in London 2012, Ze'evi aimes to go for the Olympic medal, again!

Meet the Israeli Olympians: Tennis – Shahar Pe’er (Video)

Video: Tennis player Shahar Pe'er demonstrates her intensive training program. She also reveals her "lucky charm" and talks about the Israeli people, who she loves representing abroad.

Meet the Israeli Olympians: Windsurfing – Shachar Tzuberi (Video)

Video: Israeli Olympian Shahar Tzuberi not only demonstrates his windsurfing skills but also talks about his hometown Eilat and the most important influences on his approach to the sport.

“Baffled” Bob Costas To Call Own Minute of Silence During Olympic Broadcast

Bob Costas may soon make history by defying the International Olympic Committee and conducting an on-air memorial of his own.

The Delmon Young Saga

Every time Delmon Young come to bat, gets on base or makes a play in the field, we are reminded of his anti-Semitic rant in New York back in April.

Israeli Olympic Team Announced

The Olympic Committee of Israel approved its list of 36 athletes to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Sunday.

Fledgling Israel Lacrosse 2-0 in European Championships

Israel’s lacrosse team – which did not exist just two years ago – is dazzling the world of sports, defeating Slovakia and France in...

Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe Wins Holyland Series!

In a dramatic championship final in the All Star Israel Softball League, Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe took home the Holyland Series Trophy, with a stunning 10-7 comeback victory. Players and fans stormed the field, celebrating the roller-coaster victory for Lakewood late into the night.

Abe Stark’s Famous Sign

The 40th yahrzeit of Abe Stark, who died at 77 in July 1972, is almost upon us. Those of you who remember Ebbets Field, abandoned by the Dodgers in 1957, can recall the Abe Stark sign on the bottom of the scoreboard embedded in the right field wall.

Playoff Contenders Set for Holyland Series and Janglo Cup

The Holyland Series Final Four is set, with Lakewood Heimishe Bake Shoppe and Lobos advancing to the marquee event, to join top seeds Cafe Rimon and Bagelsbergs. The top tier teams vie for the coveted Holyland Series Trophy, while Brooklyn Lightning and Jerry’s Kids look to take home the Janglo Cup in the tier-two championship.

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