Binnie Klein

Jab, Hook: Two young patrons of Kutshers Country Club wander into Gleason?s Gym?s Fantasy Boxing Camp to practice their punches.

Fighting for the Borscht Belt

It may sound like the setup for an old joke: It?s dinner time and three gentile kids ? one Latino, one black and one white ? are waiting impatiently for a slow Shabbos elevator to arrive.

Star of David: Dmitriy Salita struggles in the ring after Amir Khan?s lightning-quick blows.

A Lover of Boxing Copes With a Hero’s Loss

On December 5, in Newcastle, England, Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita — born in Ukraine but raised, coached and tutored in Talmud in Brooklyn — stepped into the ring to fight Amir Khan, the Muslim “Pride of Bolton,” for the WBA light-welterweight title. On November 14, boxer and aspiring rabbi Yuri Foreman had won the WBA’s super welterweight title. Two Jewish champions within one month? A tantalizing possibility.

Off the Couch, In the Ring: Binnie Klein is a psychotherapist and a boxer on the amateur circuit. (Courtesy of Binnie Klein)

Therapist by Day, Boxer by Night

By day, Binnie Klein, a 55-year-old Jewish psychotherapist, sees patients from the comfort of a leather recliner; by night, she’s in the ring — a boxer on the amateur circuit. In this excerpt from her forthcoming book, “Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed My Mind,” Klein explains her unlikely love affair with the sport.