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IDF Qualities Could Produce Future Super Bowl Star

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

An IDF platoon commander who turned down a U.S. college football scholarship to serve in the army says that successful football players have a lot in common with Israeli soldiers.

Lt. Asaf Katz, linebacker for the Tel-Aviv Pioneers, one of top teams in the Israel Football League, is also a platoon commander in the Combat Search and Rescue Unit of the IDF Home Front Command.

Turning down the American scholarship was not a tough call for him. “There was no question there,” he says. “I knew that serving in the army was something I had to do.”

As a football player, Asaf has to be committed to his job, know how to work with a diverse team and take and give commands under tremendous pressure. “I learned all of these things from my service in the IDF,” Asaf says. “Being a soldier makes me a better football player.”

Here are the top three values Asaf took from his IDF service onto the football field:

Take charge

In the battlefield, an officer needs to know how to take charge in extremely stressful situations and deal with the huge responsibility of commanding a group of soldiers. He has to be able to cope with every possible condition.

“I learned how to set myself a goal, how to plan things right. If there’s something I acquired from the IDF it’s how to be fully present on the field. That helps me feel a lot tougher.”

Never back down

A soldier must never back down, no matter how difficult the challenge is. He knows that there is no other option at play. All he sees is the final target in front of his eyes. Failure is not an option. He must continue to give a hundred percent of himself in order to succeed.

“In the IDF, I dedicated all my free time to training and practicing,” says Katz.

“That came in handy when we started playing Iron Man Football, where players play on both offense and defense. That meant I stayed on the field for the duration of the game. I was playing running back on the offense and then back again to the defense as a linebacker.

“Thanks to my army training I could hold my ground.”

Be a team player

Communication between soldiers is crucial to success in battle. As a soldier, you’re a vital link in a much larger effort. Being a team player means leaving no one behind.

“You can’t shift to a lower gear just like that in the middle of a march, to back down, because your friends are marching alongside you and going through exactly the same challenges.

“It’s the same for football – you continue playing because your teammate is in exactly  the same situation. No one can afford to take a step back. You have to give your entire self to the team.”

IDF soldiers have become Israel Olympic and Paralympic medalists and team members.

Who knows? Maybe the next Super Bowl star will be a graduate of the IDF.

Hall of Fame Punts Late Ravens’ Jewish Owner Art Modell

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

The Pro Football of Fame eliminated Baltimore Raven’s late Jewish owner Art Modell as a candidate in the first round of voting Saturday, one day before the Ravens head off against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Modell brought the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in 1996, and sold it in 2003. Baltimore considered him a hero for restoring the glory that the city enjoyed during the heyday of the Baltimore Colts.

However, the move from Ohio cost him popularity in the state, which is home to the Hall of Fame.

Despite the elimination of his Modell, his son David,  a former president and CEO of the Ravens, told JTA last week, “Honestly, I’m kvelling over this game. I’m not praying for results, I’m praying for the strength and courage of this team, and the rest will take care of itself.”

Coincidentally or not, the first round voting also eliminated the 49ers former owner, Edward DeBartolo Jr.

Modell was born into an orthodox Jewish family but married a Catholic. However, he was a heavy contributor to the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and his son David said that his father was “quietly religious and [a] very spiritual Jew” who lit candles on the yahrzeit of his parents’ deaths, attended temple on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur and recited the prayers over Chanukah candles every year.

YU Crashes Super Bowl with Its Own Halftime Show

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

All-star lineup of Yeshiva University faculty members to tackle “Torah and Sports” during Super Bowl XLVII

Yeshiva University announced on Monday that it would air its second annual YU Torah Halftime Show during Super Bowl XLVII, the February 3 showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, LA.

The 20-minute online experience will feature exciting and inspiring presentations on “Torah and Sports” from an all-star lineup of YU faculty members, including Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future; Charlie Harary, clinical professor of management and entrepreneurship at Sy Syms School of Business; and C.B. Neugroschl, head of school at Yeshiva University High School for Girls.

Last February, close to 3,000 people tuned in to watch YU’s first-ever Torah Halftime Show.

“Last year, the media became obsessed with the unabashed on-field religious exploits of NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, and spirituality in sports became a hot topic. We realized that merging spirituality and sports was right up our alley, so we began speaking with some of the Roshei Yeshiva and the idea flowed naturally from there,” said Moshe Isaacson, YU’s director of interactive marketing. “This specially-produced video will focus on the Jewish lessons that can be gleaned from football and the Super Bowl.”

Noted speaker Charlie Harary will examine the importance of focus and the virtue of patience in today’s high-tech and social media-driven world; Rabbi Kenneth Brander will offer insights from Parshat Yitro on the benefits of perseverance and resilience, even as an outsider; and C.B. Neugroschl will discuss incorporating enthusiasm and excitement into our daily lives.

“Everyone enjoys the pageantry surrounding the Super Bowl. With so many people coming together to watch the game, it just makes sense to integrate Torah into the festivities,” said Matt Yaniv, YU’s director of media relations. “At YU, we see Torah lessons and educational opportunities everywhere we look. We are excited to demonstrate that even the Super Bowl, the biggest football game of the year, can be about more than just football.”

In addition to featuring the video on its YouTube channel, Facebook page and a dedicated page on its website, Yeshiva University also mailed out 400 DVDs of the program to synagogues, yeshivas, and individuals.

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